Money Angles: It's Not Easy to Be Short

It's Not Easy to Be Short

With the U.S. economy shaky and the Japanese stock market down 25% in three months, this may be the time to sell short. There are two reasons to short stocks right now (and one not to):

1) If the stocks you pick go down, you make money. Short a stock at 40 that drops to 30, and you've made ten bucks. It may be too late to short United Airlines, which dropped from 294 to 140 before news of the latest buyout plan (you'd have made $15,400 shorting 100 shares), but with the Dow Jones industrial average only 4% below its...

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