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How do you make money by betting the stock market will go down?

Ive only done regular stock purchases and sales before with my account. How do I go about in essence playing the stock market and betting it will go down? Are there any good websites to learn how to do this? Any keywords I can search? Thanks for any help!
So I dont get it… I do a put option on a specific stock?

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5 Responses to “How do you make money by betting the stock market will go down?”

  1. Stockwillrise Says:

    You can buy put options or short the stock. If you open an acoount with optionsxpress.com they have a education section that will teach u all the bearish and bullish strategies.

  2. Ted Says:

    Currently I have 15 short positions and have 2 long put positions.

    Life is good.

  3. nancy n Says:

    Remember when you buy long you know how much you can lose, when you short you have unlimited liability

  4. Michael T Says:

    You can short or purchase put options on market indexes such as DIA (Dow Jones Industrials), SPY (S&P500), or QQQQ (Nasdaq 100).

  5. Willz Says:

    I’m a futures trader, and trade the mini dow or YM. Check out You can sign up for a free daily news letter, and John Carter provides daily updates on the markets he is trading.

    You can trade futures using a number of brokers. I use Tradestation for sharting and Infinity for order execution.

    If you are based in the UK, you can also spread bet the stock indexes, as well as commodities and individual stocks, and it is tax free.

    For spread betting, check out, or

    As long as you have a good trading plan and good money management, you can make some good money whether the stock market goes up or down. Shorting the market is not more risky than going long, just make sure you have a stop in place, the same as going long…

    Good luck!

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