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E3: Short-selling for the Common Good

Updated: Dec 17, 2020


Short selling is when an investor borrows a stock and sells it in hopes to buy it back for less money. Essentially, the investor is placing a bet that the value of the company will go down or that the assessments of the company are incorrect. Fahmi Quadir and her firm Safkhet Capital use short selling to expose companies that have internal issues such as fraud or the less malicious alternative, inaccurate accounting that would harm consumers and employees alike. She is so good at her work that people have started to call her the ‘assassin’ and has even been featured on the Netflix TV series Dirty Money. Fahmi is a prime example of how established trading techniques can be implemented in such a way that prioritizes social responsibility.

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