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The Art of Short Selling (A Marketplace Book)

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To "sell short" on Wall Street, an investor finds overpriced stocks and then deals them before actually buying them. Regularly falling in and out of favor, the discipline remains one of the financial market's highest-risks but most profitable practices. The Art of Short Selling by Kathryn Staley, an expert in the field, uses examples and instructions to show how it can be ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published January 15th 1997 by John Wiley & Sons (first published December 9th 1996)
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Mar 03, 2017 Asif rated it it was amazing
Pleasantly surprised with this book as I had low expectations to begin with. The actual book was fun and even for an analyst like me with 8 years of experience I managed to get a lot of new insights. The writing is direct and to the point without the storytelling flair that people like Michael Lewis has managed in his books.
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Shelves: markets
Superb. I've heard Kathryn Staley speak and she is sharp, thoughtful and dry, a very charming combination. ( This book is on hedge fund reading lists but I hadn't felt compelled to pick it up until after I heard her speak and then I felt I really should. No regrets there. Instead of theory, she discusses case study after case study. The chapters are loosely organized by type of short sell candidate. A brief background is given, then a summary of the short ...more
Karthikeyan Mylswamy
As I am not into short selling, this book felt little dry. But the author was clear with the concept and definitely a good read.

I thank the author for getting us to know about the mysterious world of short selling.
Yes & Not Yes
Jan 24, 2009 Yes & Not Yes rated it really liked it
This IS about short selling, but its also about how to read financial statements to find the beginning signs of a bad or unprofitable company. Very good read.
Gabriel Pinkus
Very thorough, very informative, very simple.

I'd like to develop the habit for myself of reading financials with the skepticism of short sellers. Going long with the skepticism of a short seller would prevent looking for confirming evidence which leads to self-serving bias and other unfortunate biases inhibiting rational investment decisions.

Thank you, Kathryn!

I think this book would have been a bit better if Kathryn included some shorts that did NOT work out. You want to learn about when a phil
Brian Zheng
Oct 16, 2011 Brian Zheng rated it it was amazing
Recommended by a few high profile fund managers as a must read and the best book about short selling. A very analytical book. The author categorizes different type of short selling opportunities which is supplied with large number of examples in 80s and 90s. The last chapter is especially helpful as the author lay out the research framework for a shortselling opportunity.
Mike S
Aug 02, 2008 Mike S rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone wanting to learn more about fundamental short selling (not day trading)
Shelves: non-fiction
Great introduction to short selling based on fundamentals (not for day traders). Thorough discussion with lots of examples, the author illustrates her points very clearly, this book was written a few years ago but it's still a very good read. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what it takes to be a successful short trader.
Dec 05, 2014 Sid1983 rated it really liked it
Shelves: purchased, finance
Self note: mostly filled with examples but chapters outlined so relevant points in intro and at end of each chapter. last few chapters summarize the *process* quite well. Have incorporated into checklist
Tyson Strauser
Mar 01, 2010 Tyson Strauser rated it really liked it
Should be on every investor's shelf, a diagnostic of some of the most common short selling themes, including fads and bubbles usually with high multiples, accounting management, and poor cash flow as a leading predictor of earnings deterioration.
Jan 28, 2009 Ming rated it really liked it
a good book with anecdotal evidence and what to look for in a short. Illustrates invariably the most important lesson in shorting: timing. Also goes over the basics of how to recognize signs of business deterioration and management mumbo jumbo to cover it up.
Steve Hall
The bible on short selling
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