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Back To The Futures Ups and downs aside, futures investing could help you diversify your portfolio.

By Lorayne C. Fiorillo

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Remember the movie "Trading Places"? How about thenews stories detailing the small fortune Hillary Clinton made incattle futures? For most people, these two examples--perhaps alongwith TV footage of traders in the Chicago futures pits screamingand gesturing wildly--are their only exposure to the futuresmarkets.

But futures are worth looking into, as they can provideadditional diversification in a portfolio comprised solely ofstocks and bonds. With stock markets trading at historic highs,investors seeking ways to protect their portfolios or participatein broad market movements sometimes look to the futures markets asadditional investment arenas.

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