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Buying Short is a financial term used to explain the act of buying shares of stock that one already owns. A short buy is neither the purchase of additional shares of a company that one already invests in, nor a Buy to Cover. It is a purchase of the exact shares that are already held by the individual. A check of the certificate number is required for full confidence of a buy short transaction.

Based on financial theories advanced by the Black-Scholes model of financial markets, Buying Short is a relatively recent development in the financial world. The goal is to increase Alpha by manipulating the Beta of one's own portfolio. Beta is exponentially reduced as one's own position does not change from a percentage basis however is increased from a purely empirical standpoint.

The strategy is taking a foothold in global emerging markets, where regulations are lax and large gains are attainable. Of particular interest to short buyers is the Nigerian Options Exchange, where Buying Short is often used as a hedge agains Iron Eagle Spreads. In this way, traders can stretch a point above or within and still increase Alpha.


Created by noted expert Blayre Hiern, Esq., and put into use most often by investment partner Sir Marcus Peterson at B.B. Levin & Co.

In July 2013, a small minority of bitcoin miners halted normal operations to buy their own short bought "coins" on unlisted exchanges.

In response to news that options traders were betting against Tesla (TSLA) in February 2014, Elon Musk jabbed the recalcitrant gamblers on Twitter. In the single tweet, Musk exclaimed that had the traders been more sophisticated and showed less hubris they would be buying short. The tweet was almost immediately deleted. Musk also “liked” a Facebook comment about buying short as an investment strategy.


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