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In June 2007 I decided to look into returning to school for my Bachelor's degree. I had been managing okay with my Associate's degree, but the idea of moving back home [South Florida] without more education under my belt was not so appealing. By the end of July I had started my first class. Two years later I am five classes away from completing that degree and my oldest child is about to start her college journey. View my complete profile

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What I Learned Wednesday - Derivatives & Options

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Okay, so this is not so much what I learned, but what I have not learned Wednesday.  My current class is Money and Banking.  I like my professor, this is my second class with him.  The first was Microeconomics when I first started pursuing this particular degree.  But the subject matter is beyond my comprehension, right now.  This past week we learned about derivatives and options, futures and currency rate exchanges.  I read and re-read and re-read some more.  Huh?  I am so confused.

All of these actions have to do with hedging.  Hedging is just a fancy word for betting against a future event.  One that you hope to occur in your favor and make you lots of money in the process.  This also is one of the biggie reasons for our current economic, ahem, condition.

Although I understand the basic premise, I have yet to fully grasp the ins and outs of such practices.  I do understand the need to guesstimate when dealing with foreign currency exchanges at a future date in time.  Aha!  Future.  This would be considered hedging against futures.  But what I do not quite understand is why it all has to be so complicated.  It is as if it is written in some code only a select few can crack.  Because, quite honestly, even those who handle these transactions every day cannot possibly know all the idiosyncrasies and implications of such transactions.   

Sigh.  I hope you have done better than me this week.  Why not share with a link to your post?  Don't blog?  Leave a comment instead.

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