Short Selling: Finding Uncommon Short Ideas

Hardcover | December 8, 2015

byAmit Kumar

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When an investor believes a stock is overvalued and will soon drop in price, he might decide to "short" it. First, he borrows an amount of the stock, and then sells it. He waits for the stock to tank before buying back the same amount of shares at a deflated price. After returning the shares to his lender, he pockets the difference-unless any one of several hard-to-predict variables interferes, and the stock fails to drop.

Since these variables are so hard to predict, short selling is difficult for even seasoned investors. It takes great talent and experience to isolate the best short ideas for falling stocks-skills Amit Kumar developed and honed over decades of market analysis and trading. This book shares his short-selling framework, built on themes common to falling stocks and the market's endemic strengths and cycles. Featuring key case studies and exclusive interviews with successful fund managers Bill Ackman (Pershing Square Capital Management) and Mark Roberts (Off Wall Street Consulting Group), Kumar shows investors how to avoid traps and profit from well-researched short ideas. Investors may not always act on short ideas, but they can avoid losses by using Kumar's framework to identify overvalued stocks. Professionals and amateur investors alike will benefit from this fundamental research approach, which transforms short selling into a long-term strategy.

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When an investor believes a stock is overvalued and will soon drop in price, he might decide to "short" it. First, he borrows an amount of the stock, and then sells it. He waits for the stock to tank before buying back the same amount of shares at a deflated price. After returning the shares to his lender, he pockets the difference-un...

Amit Kumar is a senior analyst at Columbia Threadneedle Investments. He has spent nine years in equity investments and, before that, another nine years in senior roles in the technology industry. He is also an adjunct professor of finance at Rutgers Business School.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:December 8, 2015Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0231172249

ISBN - 13:9780231172240

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Framework to Finding Short Ideas1. Due Diligence in Short Selling2. Leveraged Businesses: The Upside and Downside3. Structural Issues in Industries4. Recipes for Cooked Books: Accounting Misstatements and Shenanigans5. The World Is Going to EndPart II: How Successful Investors and Analysts Think6. Value Investing7. Activist Investing8. Papa Bear: Coattailing Marquee Investors or Betting Against Them?9. Off Wall Street: Two Decades of Successful ShortingPart III: Risks and Mechanics of Short Selling10. When to Hold, When to Fold11. The Mechanics of Short SellingGlossaryNotesIndex

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[An] interesting and informative book, suitable for students, investors, and practitioners.... What makes the reading more meaningful and interesting are the accompanying examples and case studies of well-known firms.... Highly recommended.