Asymmetric payoff

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An asymmetric payoff (also called an asymmetric return) is the set of possible results of an investment strategy where the upside potential is greater than the downside risk.[1] Derivative contracts called “options” are the most common instrument with asymmetric payoff characteristics.[2] Hedge funds that employ this kind of investment strategy include Universa Investments, A North Investments, Pershing Square Capital Management, and others.[3][4][5]


  1. ^ "Seeking Asymmetric Returns" (PDF). Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Option". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Universa Investments". Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  4. ^ "A North Investments". Archived from the original on 6 October 2014. Retrieved 7 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Pershing Square Capital Management". Retrieved 7 October 2014.