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The following article has been featured on MarketWatch.com.

Options have many uses, but are primarily used as a hedge by a number of investors and traders to take some uncertainty out of the market. This is well-known to professional traders, but less so for the novice option trader or, even worse, the investor who doesn't use options because he considers them to be strictly a speculative vehicle.

In this article, we're going to discuss one kind of uncertainty: that of "risky" vs. "risk-averse" asset classes; the apparent dichotomy created in the economic outlook by bullish corporate earnings versus the broad economic backdrop of an economy that just can't seem to improve.

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