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Who is making money in these markets?

While there have been changes to the short selling rules around the world there are still some stocks which can be legally shorted and these seem to be where people are making most money at the moment. There are also some brave investors buying on bounces and taking short term profits but this is a very dangerous way to invest, especially with money which may not be available longer term.

However, it would be wrong to assume that all of the shorters or all of the traders are making money because they are not. There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the markets of today, one day they fly because the bailout packages are working and next they fall because the bailout packages are not enough. How can you trade in that kind of market?

Even though the limelight seems to be on the short term traders at the moment, there are some quality long term investment opportunities out there. You need to find a sector where exposure to the downturn may be less than average or falls may have been over done, you also need to find a name you can trust which still has a strong balance sheet but above all you need to be careful and take professional advice.

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