Posted on 19 April 2012. Tags: Short Stocks
To some, the process of trying to short stocks is frightening. As it requires betting on a stock to fall rather that rise, it does represent a type of investing that is often familiar. Like all attempts to play the market, though, there are benefits as well as risks. Whether one outweighs the other, though, is often a matter of personal preference. For those with the ability to short stocks consistently, an entirely new type of investing may occur.
The primary benefit of the shorting process is the ability to take advantage of a market in a downward trajectory. If you choose to short the right stocks, you can actually make a profit on a stock that is in decline. It takes quite a bit of market savvy to determine whether or not the stock in question will actually decrease in value, but it can be quite helpful to invest in a stock that you believe will eventually rebound. This will let you not only make a profit when you short stocks, but again at a later date.
The real risk of attempting this process lies in the unpredictability of the market. You might rightfully assume that the stock itself will lose value, but a rise in value towards the end of the agreed upon resale period might leave you paying too much during the attempt to short stocks.
There are always risks and benefits to attempting to short stocks, and it is up to the individual investor to decide which to focus upon. Always short stocks with caution, but do not let the vagaries of the process scare you away. You may not be able to short stocks to your heart’s content and make a profit, but knowing when to make use of the process can help you to build your portfolio.
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