Steve Eisman in Michael Lewis’s The Big Short – “In 2008, it was the entire financial system that was at risk. We were still short. But you don’t want the system to crash. It’s sort of like the flood’s about to happen and you’re Noah. You’re on the ark. Yeah, you’re okay. But you are not happy looking out at the flood. That’s not a happy moment for Noah.”
Two types of Coronavirus investors here:
The ones buying Zoom and Slack quoting Elon
The ones buying cruises and airlines and quoting Buffett
— Michael Batnick (@michaelbatnick) March 5, 2020
There’s a third type of investor during these times: the short-sellers.
I didn’t intend to become someone who makes money from suffering from others. It’s a mindset some people have, gained often through negative life experiences, a desire for truth, or just genetic skepticism. For me, it’s the first two.
That said, I’ve been having my most profitable month in the stock market at a time when many people have been panicking.
This is because, in January, I took short positions on four companies: