The purpose of hedging is to allow investors to protect profit they have accumulated in their investment portfolio and still allow them to keep receiving dividend income from their shares and possibly option premiums they might be receiving as
Australian Banks under fire by the Hedge Funds again
Rising bad loans and falling earnings are the trigger
It seems that the mainly international hedge funds have set their sights on the Australian banks yet again. Current data shows that the funds have ‘borrowed’ A$9bn worth of stock to sell short against the Big 4 banks in Australia. The trigger for this increase to record short selling against the banks started with the ANZ’s most recent result, which saw the bank cut its dividend and increase their bad and doubtful debt book for the first time since 2008.