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Pity the poor short-seller. Seriously. That much-maligned creature gets no love at the best of times, and these days are more like the worst.
This, despite the irreplaceable benefits he brings to the financial markets. Short-selling in the conventional sense involves borrowing stock, selling it and, at a later date, replacing the borrowed shares though market purchases. If, in the interim, the shares have declined in value, the short-seller prospers. If not, he doesn't.
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