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Property: Bears Take To Hedges Around Homes

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Economists have warned that the sliding number of mortgage approvals adds further weight to the view that house prices will fall next year. “In our view, the housing market has got little going for it at the moment, apart from low mortgage rates – and that is if you can get a mortgage,” says Howard Archer of IHS Global Insight.

This bearish view has seen an increasing number of investors looking to hedge against property they own or even just to profit from a falling market by placing a spread bet on the Halifax house price index.

Interesting if more are hedging on falling prices.

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How does one hedge against falling assets like a house? Its speculation, and set up for the mugs, the big players get to play with puts and the like on exchanges.

The only hedge against falling house prices is to avoid the market, or, sell mortgages to mugs.

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