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English definition of “hedge”

hedge

noun [C]     /hedʒ/ FINANCE, STOCK MARKET
an investment made in order to reduce the risk of losing money on shares , bonds , etc. that you own, for example , by buying futures (= agreements to sell shares for a particular price at a date in the future ) or options (= the rights to buy or sell shares for a particular price within a particular time period ): These formulas are devised to tell the bank what kind of hedges to purchase to provide the best possible protection of its assets .a hedge against sth In recent years , investors have also bought gold as a hedge against US dollar weakness . inflation hedges → See also currency hedge
(Definition of hedge noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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