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Buyside Favors Indexes Over Single Stocks

Traders Magazine Online News, November 16, 2011

Peter Chapman

Institutions are trading more options on indexes and exchange-traded funds than on single stocks, a reversal of practices just five years ago. That's the view of one agency broker who says the change reflects a desire on the part of money managers to hedge entire portfolios. Previously, the buyside was using options to hedge individual stock positions or mimic stock performance.

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