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Hi. Interesting thread.

I use shorting mainly for market timing. It's useful to keep an interest in the market and to keep an open mind to opportunities when volatility srtrikes. I have found that when stocks get cheap (good value) if I just have longs, even if I have some cash, I feel bad about stocks and am frightened to buy more (when it's a good time to be buying). So I like to have a few shorts in a market like this, then if I do nothing else I can buy them back on dips. But this also keeps the excitement level up and so I often go and buy other stocks cheap too.

BTW, scary market action on those retail sales data could be the start of the REAL bear market, not just the pretending we have seen so far ...
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