Shorting not good bet for hedge funds

Gulf News – Short-selling, one of the few tactics that made money for hedge funds in 2008, has become a risky bet as prospects for equities have improved, while getting hold of stock to sell is harder as lenders shun weak funds.

Some hedge funds have already changed tactics and are simply buying cheap stocks, wary of getting burnt if a stock they are shorting announces unexpectedly good earnings and the share price spikes – a real possibility in an improving economy.

High-profile hedge fund manager Philippe Jabre said he had no short positions because it was "too dangerous", although in future shorting could prove a better trade.

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