Because you can't have depths without surfaces.
Linda Grant, thinking about clothes, books and other matters.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Short selling finally explained

Short selling is like borrowing a pound of tea while the price is say, $5 per pound and selling it at that price. Then when the price drops to $3, you pay the current price to the person you "borrowed" it from, netting $2.

Thank you deja pseu.

And here I will add the football 'offside rule', explained:

You're in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till. Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.

The 'opposing' female shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire.

Both of you have forgotten your purses.

It would be totally rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.

The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.

Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.

She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes.

At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and, *whilst it is in flight* you could nip around the other shopper,
catch the purse and buy the shoes.

Always remembering that until the purse had *actually been thrown* it would be plain wrong to be forward of the other shopper.


miss cavendish said...

Probably the most sensible explanation I've heard. I never really "got" the one from "Bend it like Beckham" involving fancy mustard. (At least I think it was mustard.)

Anonymous said...

Hah! This is hilarious! I'm laughing at the shoppers version of football!

Wish the short selling could be done with citizen's mortgages if the economy crashed ala the great depression. Instead you've still a huge amount to pay, more than the home would be worth in many cases...which is quite worrisome in the present economy. I haven't a mortgage currently, but worry for my parents if the pessimists are right.

Toby Wollin said...

Obviously, shopping is a far more entertaining activity in the UK than it is here; I would probably have spent far less time buying off the Internet if I'd had the opportunity for some good exercise and strategy whilst shopping.

Anonymous said...

I got bored even quicker with the shoe analogy-maybe I'm on the wrong site but I HATE shoe shopping! I've always thought that if I were to do a modern art installation it would be a video piece of a woman going insane in a shoe shop-a truely modern malaise for every woman whether she likes fashion or not-why can't we bloody find shoes we can walk in?!!