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1. A row of closely planted shrubs or low-growing trees forming a fence or boundary.
2. A line of people or objects forming a barrier: a hedge of spectators along the sidewalk.
a. A means of protection or defense, especially against financial loss: a hedge against inflation.
b. A securities transaction that reduces the risk on an existing investment position.
4. An intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement.
5. A word or phrase, such as possibly or I think, that mitigates or weakens the certainty of a statement.
v. hedged, hedg·ing, hedg·es
1. To enclose or bound with or as if with hedges.
2. To hem in, hinder, or restrict with or as if with a hedge.
3. To minimize or protect against the loss of by counterbalancing one transaction, such as a bet, against another.
1. To plant or cultivate hedges.
2. To take compensatory measures so as to counterbalance possible loss.
3. To avoid making a clear, direct response or statement.

[Middle English, from Old English hecg.]

hedg′er n.
hedg′y adj.
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Adj.1.hedged - evasively worded in order to avoid an unqualified statement
qualified - limited or restricted; not absolute; "gave only qualified approval"
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References in classic literature ?
And those alleys must be likewise hedged at both ends, to keep out the wind; and these closer alleys must be ever finely gravelled, and no grass, because of going wet.
Lord Lundie's summer resting-place we learned was a farm, a little out of the village, up a hill round which curled a high hedged road.
* In specifically designated hedging transactions, special hedge accounting would apply, whereby hedge gains or losses would affect reported earnings concurrently with the earnings effects of the items being hedged. This treatment, however, is not automatic.
In conclusion, we believe this topic of hedging costs and hedged yields will likely rise in importance over the next 12 months; but right now, it's something investors should have on their radar rather than providing a rationale for specific portfolio action.
Under the previous FASB hedge accounting standard, companies had to consider the total cash flows associated with the hedged purchases of commodities.
And currency hedged equity ETFs are designed to do exactly that.
The first measures the risk that jet fuel prices will fall, a matter of concern to airlines that hedge against rising jet fuel prices, for when jet fuel prices fall, those airlines that have hedged lose money on their hedges.
The very term "hedge" can be somewhat misleading as although the traditional hedge fund is indeed comprised of investments that are "hedged", that is not necessarily the case today.
Hedging involves the designation of hedging instruments so that their change in fair value is offset by changes in fair value or cash flows of hedged items.
These indexes demonstrate the performance of hedge funds to investors who have hedged their currency exposure back into U.S.