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Best Hedging strategy for stocks right now

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[OP]
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Jan 9, 2016
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Oakville, ON

Best Hedging strategy for stocks right now

With the markets at all time highs I am increasingly getting nervous and would like to protect my gains in case it rolls over. Since like most people I cant time the market so was thinking of adding some hedges in the portfolio. In the past I have tried the following unsuccessfully:
- HUV.TO and TVIXF
- Putting a portion into cash - In April 2019 I went 30% cash only to re-enter the market again in december, missed out on gains.
- Increasing gold weightage in portfolio.

Any better suggestions or comments on these? What kind of hedging strategy do you use to protect your capital especially right now? Also I don't use options or short, just never educated myself about it as it felt complex and risky. Is that the best way to go?

Again, with sp500 already 4.5% YTD and on pace for 52% year I need some more insurance.

Thanks
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My crystal ball is about as good as yours. I would suggest that if all the hedging in the past was unsuccessful, it is time to rethink the game plan. Think TINA.
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You can use put option as hedge on stocks that you own. With the Fed pumping trillions in QE it's hard for the market to stay down though.
[OP]
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Jan 9, 2016
134 posts
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Oakville, ON
spike1128 wrote: Buy bitcoin is ultimate hedge.
I doubt it can act as an hedge. I think it will go down as well like last year if things fall.

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