How does shorting the S&P 500 ETF as a hedge against a stock market crash compare to precious metals?

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914254-14020252070412517-Parsimony-Investment-ResearchYou don’t need to be a professional investor to appreciate that the S&P 500 chart below has extreme danger written all over it, and yet the VIX fear index trades at close to a record low. That means it is still very cheap to buy downside insurance against a crash in the stock market from these elevated levels.

Many professional investors are starting to do that now by shorting the SPY exchange traded fund for the S&P 500 using options (click here). This is more efficient than using one of the widely criticised inverse ETFs that reset daily and amplify losses faster than gains.

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