A trader has a portfolio worth $5 million that mirrors the performance of a stock index. The stock index is currently 1,250.

A trader has a portfolio worth $5 million that mirrors the performance of a stock index. The stock index is currently 1,250. Futures contracts trade on the index with one contract being on 250 times the index. To remove market risk from the portfolio the trader should short or long in the forward or futures market? (2 marks