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Wednesday, 7 March 2007

How to protect your profits and Portfolio in a downturn.

Well the last week has been interesting.....If you have been following this blog then you will know over the last month or so I have been becoming increasingly nervous about a downturn and we have seen some of the markets teeth in the last week or so.

I dont think it is over and I believe we have more downside to come-increasingly people's appetite for risk is diminishing and we are seeing the Yen Carry trade possibly starting to unwind as people get nervous and start to liquidate their Yen positions.If this happens then it will have ramifications across the globe.

One of the more challenging things to be able to do in a downtrend is trade it-either as a speculator looking for profit or to hedge your longer term holdings.This can be more difficult in certain types of accounts as there may be restrictions in selling short or using options.

If you are in this situation then I urge you to look at some of the Pro Shares at

They have a number of Short Proshares which you buy like a stock but they move in the opposite direction i.e. as the index they are related to goes down the Proshare price increases.It allows you to profit from a down market or use them as a hedge to protect your existing positions.

Two of the Proshares I like are the Short Dow 30 (DOG) and the Short S&P 500 (SH), you can also get Ultra Short funds which are double the downside .In this market I urge you all to look at doing one or both of the follwing :

1/ Take Profits off the table and lighten up your exposure

2/ Hedge what is left in your portfolio to reduce your downside

If you cannot or dont want to do either of these then consider going in to cash until the dust settles.

As ever good trading


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