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CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved. CFDs are leveraged products. CFD trading may not be suitable for everyone and can result in losses that exceed your deposits, so please ensure that you fully understand the risks involved.
Being bearish in trading means you believe that a market, asset or financial instrument is going to experience a downward trajectory. Being bearish is the opposite of being bullish, which means that you think the market is heading upwards.
Being able to identify bearish trends is an important part of trading because market sentiment is a key factor in determining how financial markets move. When the bearish pressure in a market is stronger than the bullish pressures, the market will usually drop in price. For this reason, a market that is experiencing a sustained decline in price will be referred to as a bear market. Spotting when a bear market is taking hold or coming to an end is key to both profiting and limiting loss when trading.
Bearish traders believe that a market will soon drop in value and so attempt to profit from its decline. This puts them in contention with bulls, who will buy a market in the belief that doing so will return a profit.
A few traders are recognised for making legendary bearish trades or sticking to their guns even when no one else did:
To take a bearish position, many traders will short sell. Short-selling is a way of trading that returns a profit if an asset drops in price.
Traditionally, if you were short-selling stock, for example, you would borrow some stock from your broker, and immediately sell it at the current market price. Once the stock has dropped in price, you would then buy it and return it to your broker, keeping the difference in price as profit. However, derivatives – CFDs – have made the practice of short-selling much more accessible, as they can be used to buy and sell a wide variety of markets.
There are many other ways to attempt to profit from falling markets. For example, inverse ETFs are designed to reverse any price movement in their benchmark index.
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