Short sell like the pros – here’s how.
You can short sell on TrakInvest, and make money from market fluctuations.
There’s a few ways you can trade on TrakInvest, just like in the real world. TrakInvest players have the option of ‘going short’, or selling equities they don’t yet own.
Say, for example, your intuition is telling you a stock will decrease in value in the coming days. If you’re right and you buy it now, you won’t be making money. However, if you sell, and it does in fact decrease in value, you can buy it back and make a sweet margin.
It’s easy to short a stock.
To go short, you’ll need to pick a stock you want to go short on, click on ‘Short’ and enter the number of shares to short, then hit ‘Open’. Once the order executes, it’ll list in your portfolio as ‘SHORT’, and will be coloured red.
When you’re ready to close this position, just enter the number of shares to close, then hit ‘Close’. Note, this function won’t be available if you haven’t shorted the stock.
Here’s an example:
- Jessica has done her research and is confident the Apple Inc. stock price will fall in the coming days.
- She types 100 into the box, then clicks the ‘Open’ button. The time is 10.08AM New York time on Monday, and the price of AAPL is currently US$112.36.
- Later that day, the price falls to US$111.98 and Jessica is ready to close this position. She re-enters 100 into the box, then clicks the ‘Close’ button.
- After Jessica’s order has been executed, she notices she has made $38 profit, just like that.