Practical analysis for investment professionals

Short Selling


Mitigating Short Exposure: Learning from Others’ Mistakes

There is no road map for short sellers. This leaves them two options: Make their own mistakes, or learn from those who have already made them. Greg Blotnick, CFA, has found the latter approach is far cheaper.

Lessons from a Legendary Short Seller

Robert W. Wilson was a legendary philanthropist, but it is his adventures as a short seller that are really worth studying. Before famous bears like Jim Chanos took center stage, Wilson was regarded as one of Wall Street’s master short sellers. Greg Blotnick, CFA, explains what Wilson can teach today's investors.

High-Conviction Short Sales: Empathy for the Bull

The best short sellers share one key personality trait: empathy, or the ability to put themselves in their counterparty’s shoes, says Greg Blotnick, CFA. Before initiating any short position, make sure to know the answer to the three questions he poses.

Weekend Reads: How to Profit from a Crisis

Will Ortel summarizes three books that each offer its own flavor of apocalyptic investing and compiles a number of other articles to get you through the weekend.

From the 2012 Financial Analysts Seminar in Chicago: A Short-Seller’s World Tour Starring Jim Chanos

The famed short-seller and his colleagues recently analyzed their investment track record and discovered, to their surprise, that the firm's most successful investments turned out to be “value traps.”



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