The Five Most Bizarre Investment Products Out There
The S&P 500 traded flat last year.
Uncertainty in the markets and the rise of high-frequency trading has made it especially difficult for retail investors to make a decent return.
In times like these, people often turn to stranger alternative investments to seek above-market returns.
Here are a few strange investments you might not be aware of.
1. Weather Derivatives
When you want to demonstrate to a friend at a cocktail party just how arcane and even hilarious the world of high finance has become, there’s no better product to bring up than the weather derivative. A futures contract is a derivative, and we can understand that there ought to be a market for pork bellies and lean hogs and the like because these are goods that have intrinsic value. Weather futures trade on goods that have no intrinsic value—but storms can certainly mess up a lot of things that do have intrinsic value, and that’s the point of a weather future.
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