For those investors looking at some of the biggest names in retail such as Best Buy (NYSE: BBY) , Radio Shack (NYSE: RSHCQ) and J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) and watching these ailing companies struggle to find the right ingredients for a turnaround, Motley Fool analyst Blake Bos has some advice. He talks about how it might be a good idea to hedge your risk by buying a basket of stocks rather than one, and by making this a small rather than a large part of your portfolio, as retail is a very volatile sector right now. He also suggests buying protective puts or selling covered calls on these stocks as ways to mitigate some risk or increase your returns, but warns that using an options-based approach is something you should understand fully before you pursue it.
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