The futures markets were created to enable commodity end-users and producers to shift their price risk to speculators. However, investors in traditional assets such as stocks and bonds can efficiently shift portfolio risk to speculators via hedging strategies.
The futures markets also provide an efficient opportunity for diversifying a portfolio via asset classes such as gold and silver without the hassle of handling the physical metal or incurring storage and shipping costs. Further, those looking for an aggressive form of diversification might consider a managed futures program.
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