Volatility in investment markets is inevitable and investors need to protect themselves with options, particularly given the low-return environment, according to Triple 3 Partners.

Speaking to financialobserver, Triple3 Partners chief executive officer Simon Ho said that effectively managing the downside risks of an equities portfolio could mean the difference between meeting investment objectives and falling behind.

Ho said that Australian investors should consider a volatility overlay to help reduce and smooth the volatility of returns in equities.

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