Nervous investors are apparently giving bear funds another look after last month's terrorist attacks sent already troubled markets into turmoil.

The products, which garner positive returns by betting on the declining value of securities, are typically marketed as a way to hedge portfolios over the long term. But flows in the products are on the rise.

Subscribe Now

Access to premium content including in-depth coverage of mutual funds, hedge funds, 401(K)s, 529 plans, and more.

3-Week Free Trial

Insight and analysis into the management, marketing, operations and technology of the asset management industry.