Derivatives Are The New Cigarettes: Investment Expert's Joke Laced With Warning

Rohit Chauhan, an investment manager, recently compared the warnings he receives for trading derivatives to the warnings seen on cigarette packs, drawing attention to the volume of derivatives trading, which could have unpredictable effects.

What Happened: Chauhan humorously compared the warnings on derivatives he gets when he logs into his brokerage account to those on cigarette packs. He expressed also surprise at the increasing volume of derivatives trades and warned that a small dip in the market could wipe out many traders.

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Chauhan further pointed out that the situation could continue for an indefinite period, and nobody can predict its outcome. He stressed two things are certain: the potential for significant trader losses and the impossibility of reversing the trend, as the incentives are too powerful.

Why It Matters: Chauhan, drawing parallels to the 2008 financial crash, urged his followers to study past precedents. His tweet indicates a growing concern among investors about the potential risks associated with the high volume of derivatives trading.

While the warnings may seem humorous, they underline the serious risks traders may face if the market takes a downturn.

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