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Why Is It So Hard To Short the Market?

Why Is It So Hard To Short the Market?

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Dec / 12 / 2023
12:00 pm - EST
Tim Quast
Market Structure EDGE

Jim Chanos closed his legendary short-selling hedge fund, Kynikos Associates, in November this year. He’s been a face and voice of reason and gravitas in the short-selling profession the better part of my career. That a figure of his stature and accomplishment would quit speaks volumes. Can the market really be shorted? If so, how? We’ll discuss how data from Market Structure EDGE can spotlight periods when you can beat the big guns and succeed on the short side.

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