Chris Irons, Short Selling (The Art, Pain, And Opportunity) – Notes

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Notes from Chris Irons, Quoth the Raven Research from The Art Of Short-Selling conference which took place on May 3rd 2018.

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Also Baupost 2017 letter


the danger of Chinese leverage

Discipline while value investing in bubby times

Value investing is not dead

Radicalization of politics

Dangerous FAANG valuations

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Chris Irons, Quoth The Raven Research - Short Selling (the art, pain, and opportunity)


  • Quoth the raven research
  • Own gold
  • No faith in federal reserve, central bank, government
  • Gold vs government
  • Gold –finite supply, use to back dollar, still held by central banks
  • Gold vs. Government 30 Second Overview Gold: 1. Finite supply 2. First used as money ~3000 years ago 3. Used to back the U.S. dollar until demand for gold redemptions became too overwhelming 4. Still held in reserve by Central Banks 5. History of holding its value 6. Hedge against inflation, global uncertainty, instability and basically any type of economic/monetary catastrophic situation you don’t think about on a daily basis Government: 15 days ago sends my friend, who is a mailman, a heat advisory while he’s delivering mail in Buffalo. The temperature was 36°F outside. May 3, 2018 – The Art of Short Selling
  • Shorting “The System” • To me, shorting “the system” means being diversified properly so in the event of a significant United States based (or global) economic crisis, currency crisis, sovereign debt crisis or crisis of monetary policy or economic theory, you’ll be hedged or poised to benefit – owning gold covers all of these scenarios • Many people carry “systemic hedges” as a very small weighting or small percentage of capital – if at all. The Siegels and Buffetts of the world will tell you to be 100% in stocks at all times and to buy all dips. • This isn’t necessary, it isn’t diversification, it requires no thought, in my opinion it’s generally insane and it’s a strategy only applicable to a Fed-insured rigged market that only goes up – like ours • My idea is to be overweight systemic hedges at all times – they don’t have to dominate your portfolio, but keeping a double digit weighting of capital in gold, silver and commodities like oil is a serious way to hedge against the system and the dollar – these are all things that Central Banks can’t print more of May 3, 2018 – The Art of Short Selling
  • Shorting the system
  • Being diversified properly so in the event of crisis
  • Many people carry systemic hedges
  • Don’t have to dominate portfolio
  • Is now a good time to short the system
  • Meet your system
  • Free market, without government buying bonds
  • Pay attention when the herd says your crazy
  • Trust your own judgment, live with it and love it NAS
  • Confirmation bias
  • How to own it
  • Alex jones meter
  • Riskier – gold miner stocks, gold etfs, gold futures – less risky
  • Pain is everyone will tell you are wrong
  • Trust your research and own interest


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