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Management in Practice

Were you born a short-seller?

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.

Short Selling
"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.