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Chapter 1. Sages and Charlatans: Avoidin... > Red Flag 17: A Prominent Short Selle...

Red Flag 17: A Prominent Short Seller Has a Company in His or Her Sights

Investors who hear that a prominent short seller is gunning for a particular company should take heed. Short sellers are far from always right, and their timing can sometimes be askew. But when they do hit the nail on the head, the results can be devastating. We will see later how short sellers were right about Enron and Tyco—months or even years before anyone else. Before you dismiss news that a short seller is hovering or before you believe a company denial, you should do your own research to see whether the short seller’s story stands up to scrutiny.


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