Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling : Planet Money Short sellers are investors who bet against companies. They're the detectives of the stock market, unearthing flaws and making markets more efficient, though they also attract controversy.
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Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling

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Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling

Finance Fridays With Mary, Volume 2: Short Selling

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Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, made headlines by shorting multi-level marketing company Herbalife. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, made headlines by shorting multi-level marketing company Herbalife.

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Finance Fridays with Mary Childs is back with a new episode on short selling!

Short selling is when an investor bets that a company's stock price will go down. Today on the show, Mary explains the mechanics of how they actually do this, why short-sellers are crucial to the markets, and the controversies they sometimes attract.

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