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Episode 598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

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Episode 598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

Episode 598: That Time We Shorted America, Part Two

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This episode originally ran in 2015.

For an experiment, we decided to not just short one stock, but to short the entire U.S. stock market. We shorted America.

In part one, everyone said this was a terrible idea. But we did it anyway. In part two, we find out the results. And along the way, we learn the story of a Dutch man in the 17th century who made the very first short in history against one of the first companies ever.

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Music: "Long Summers", "Retro Lover", "Amber Lights."

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