Key Levels for October 3rd + Anticipating the Labor Market: A Busy Week Ahead
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Anticipating the Labor Market: A Busy Week Ahead
Short Selling Is Easier
One can get short exposure on a stock by selling a futures contract, and it is completely legal and applies to all kinds of futures contracts. On the contrary, one cannot always short sell all stocks, as there are different regulations in different markets, some prohibiting short selling of stocks altogether. Short selling stocks requires a margin account with a broker, and to sell short, you must borrow shares from your broker to sell what you don't already own. If a stock is hard to borrow, it can be expensive or even impossible to short-sell those shares.
The Bottom Line
Futures have great advantages that make them appealing to all kinds of investors—speculative or not. However, highly-leveraged positions and large contract sizes make the investor vulnerable to huge losses, even for small movements in the market. Thus, one should strategize and do due diligence before trading futures and understand both their advantages as well as their risks.
Keep it profitable,