5 popular — but dangerous — investments for individuals
from The Wall Street Journal
Mutual funds that try to emulate hedge funds. Exchange-traded funds that use borrowed money to jack up their bets. Real-estate investment trusts that are hard to unload. Structured notes that look like conventional debt but can be far more risky, and "go anywhere" bond funds that are prone to trade safety for yield. All these investments have at least one thing in common: They have seen their popularity soar recently as investors seek protection from perceived market dangers — or as fund companies market them heavily.
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