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What Is Shorting in the Financial Markets?
There are countless ways to generate profits in the financial markets. Some traders will use technical analysis, while others will invest in companies and projects using fundamental analysis. As such, you, as a trader or investor, also have many different options to create a profitable trading strategy. However, what if the market is going through a prolonged bear market, where prices are continually declining? What can traders do then to maintain a source of income from trading? Shorting the market allows traders to profit off price declines. Entering a short position can also be an excellent way to manage risk and hedge existing holdings against price risk. In this article, we’ll explain what shorting means, how to short Bitcoin on Binance, and learn about the risks of shorting.
What Is Shorting in the Financial Markets?
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Shorting (or short selling) means selling an asset in the hopes of rebuying it later at a lower price. A trader who enters a short position expects the asset’s price to decrease, meaning that they are “bearish” on that asset. So instead of just holding and waiting, some traders adopt the short selling strategy as a way to profit off an asset’s price decline. This is why short selling can also be a good way to preserve capital during price declines.
Shorting is very common in essentially any financial market, including the stock market, commodities, Forex, and cryptocurrency. As such, short sales are widely used by retail investors and professional trading firms, such as hedge funds. Short selling stocks or cryptocurrencies is a common strategy for both short-term and long-term traders.
The opposite of a short position is a long position, where a trader buys an asset in the hopes of selling it later at a higher price.