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Hedge fund manager Crispin Odey has warned that global markets will be ‘devastated’ in a downturn that will be ‘remembered in a hundred years’. And while his apocalyptic gloom may not be shared by all, a growing number of ‘mainstream’ managers are increasingly looking at ways of protecting their portfolios.
This is arguably of little surprise in the face of several key economic risks, ranging from slowing Chinese growth to a eurozone collapse or the US bull-run ending.
Whether through holding elevated cash levels, buying put options or other financial instruments, we looked at how and why many fund managers are looking to safeguard investors' money.