Ten Questions About Short Selling

We don’t have good metaphors to help us understand the short selling of equities.  It’s easy to understand a straight “long” investment.  For example, planting a garden is a reasonable analogy—it involves buying seeds, planting them, and in due time there is a payoff—or not. But in real life people rarely borrow something, immediately sell it, and hope to buy it back at a cheaper …

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