"Good short-sellers are born, not made," James Chanos says. He discusses the negative perceptions of short-selling historically, talks about the psychology of the approach, and explains what led him to start Kynikos Associates.
James Chanos, the founder and president of the hedge fund Kynikos Associates, is a noted short-seller. He was one of the early doubters of Enron and more recently questioned the sustainability of the housing boom. In these videos, Chanos discusses a series of issues critical to hedge funds and short-sellers. Chanos also presented a Leaders Forum lecture at Yale SOM on October 26, 2009.