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DEFINITION of 'Micro-Hedge'

An investment technique used to eliminate the risk of a single asset. In most cases, this means taking an offsetting position in that single asset.

If this asset is part of a larger portfolio, the hedge will eliminate the risk of the one asset but will have less of an effect on the risk associated with the portfolio.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Micro-Hedge'

Say you are holding the stock of a company and want to eliminate the price risks associated with that stock. To offset your position in the company, you could take a short position in the futures market, thereby securing the stock price for the period of the futures contract. This strategy is used when an investor feels very uncertain about the future movement of a single asset.

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