Short shrift for short sellers?

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Hedge fund bashing never fails to go down a treat.

The standard line is long/short managers are profiteering pundits pouncing on falling markets and the poor fortune of others. And the shorter they are, the worse they are. Greece this week banned shorting for two months after Greek shares fell by 22% this year. The SEC claimed this month long/short veteran John Paulson helped structure a complex financial instrument, which he then sold short. It collapsed and he cashed in, the US market watchdog alleges. The picture painted of ‘the predatory short seller’ is unflattering to say the least. We list and test below ...

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