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Think Bit Coin Is Just a Bubble? 5 Best Methods to Short It

The CEO of J.P. Morgan this week predicted Bit coin that a "fraud" and "worse compared to tulip bulbs" If you agree, then it could be tempting to gamble from the digital money. Sure, the purchase price has had a beating recently however it's up 400 percent from January (,850 at the time of Thursday) --offering a chance for Bit coin bears.
So just how can you short Bit coin? It isn't easy because of deficiency of lending options (in accordance with other resources) and because a few tactics are on a specialist trader. Nevertheless, here are just five approaches for bears to gamble against the entire world's most common digital money.
Inch) Buy it around perimeter market it
Trading programs such as Coin base-owned GDAX let you buy online margin. While gross profit purchases normally entail adding leverage to proceed long within an advantage, in addition, it is feasible to go short by purchasing bit coins on perimeter, and shutting out the career after on. In the event the purchase price tag on bit coins drops in that moment, you're benefit from the commerce.
You will find a couple of caveats. It's that GDAX requires U.S. occupants to get at least 5 million should they would like to exchange on margin. (San Francisco-based rival Kraken does not appear to possess this limitation). The alternative is that clients can simply exit margin places available for a rather brief amount of time--27 days while in the instance of GDAX--that means individuals gambling on a fall in Bit coin desire it to fall in short sequence, or they'll need to pay the purchase price growth.
Two) Short stocks of this Bit-coin Investment Trust
The SEC this season refused a program by the Winklevoss twins to establish a Bit coin ETF. The stocks of the ETF will have exchanged to a significant market, also let average traders utilize their broker account to short them at precisely the exact same way as a average inventory exchange.
The SEC is reconsidering your choice however, at the meantime, the only real stock-like alternate could be your Bit Coin Investment Trust. As its name implies this is just a hope which holds Bit coin and enables people exchange its shares under the ticker GBTC.
Once more, you'll find grabs. It's that GBTC isn't permitted trade on major exchanges, therefore as an alternative it's recorded on OTC Markets (aka the "pink sheets") alongside other misfit toys of this auctions globe. Enormous brokerages such as TD Ameritrade do enable traders purchase OTC-listed stocks however, perhaps not short them, helping to make it more challenging to gamble against GBTC. At length, the purchase price tag on Bit Coin Trust stocks have gotten untethered into the amount tag on Bit coin (it's ostensibly broken within an investment vehicle) therefore a brief bet isn't quite a bet on Bit coin itself.
3) Buy derivatives on LedgerX (if they arrive)
Experienced investors might want to wade in the entire world of options and other derivatives like a means to become more bearish on Bit coin. Specifically, they can get a "put option" to market Bit coin during its present flat-rate cost. In the event the purchase price tag on Bit coin starts falling, the possibility increases in value along with also its owner can pocket an advantage.
These derivative contracts aren't available yet; however, they should be so on. Back in July the Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved a bid by a company named Ledger X to start a clearing house to get crypto currency places, calls, swaps and a wide range of additional exotic contracts. Ledger X is predicted to be available for business within the not too distant future.
(Update: There is also Hong Kong-based Bitmex, and it is a long-time purveyor of all bitcoin-related derivatives. 1 catch: all of trades, in addition to losses and profits, are ran in Bit coin--meaning you have to purchase Bit coin until you are able to view it).
4) Ask Goldman Sachs to compose you a contract


Southern Company (The) | 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock, Non-Cumulative (GPE.PRA)

This preferred is marked as having been called.
Prospectus excerpt: There shall be a series of Class A preferred stock of the corporation to consist initially of 1,800,000 shares with a par value of $25 per share, designated as “6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock, Non-Cumulative, Par Value $25 Per Share” (the “6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock”). The preferences, limitations and relative rights of the shares of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock in those respects in which the shares thereof may vary from the shares of any other series of preference stock of the corporation shall be as follows:(a) Dividends. Out of any assets of the corporation available for dividends, the holders of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock shall be entitled to receive, from and after the date the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock is issued, but only when, as and if declared by the Board of Directors, dividends at a rate of 6 1/8% per annum of the $25 par value of such shares. Such holders shall be entitled to dividends at said rate so fixed, and no more. Dividends declared shall be payable quarterly on January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1 in each year (each, a “Dividend Payment Date”), commencing on October 1, 2006, to stockholders of record on a date not more than 30 days prior to such payment date, as may be determined by the Board of Directors of the corporation. If a Dividend Payment Date is not a business day, the related dividend (if declared) will be paid on the next succeeding business day with the same force and effect as though paid on the Dividend Payment Date, without any increase to account for the period from such Dividend Payment Date through the date of actual payment. Dividends payable on the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock for the initial dividend period and any period less than a full dividend period will be computed on the basis of a 360-day year consisting of twelve 30-day months and the actual number of days elapsed in such period. Dividends on the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock shall be non-cumulative and, accordingly, if the Board of Directors of the corporation does not declare a dividend or declares less than a full dividend on the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock for a quarterly dividend period, holders of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock will have no right to receive a dividend or the full dividend, as the case may be, for that period, and the corporation will have no obligation to pay a dividend for that period, whether or not the corporation pays dividends in full or has sufficient funds to pay dividends in the future.

Redemption. (i) The 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock shall not be redeemable prior to July 1, 2009. On or after that date, subject to the notice provisions set forth in subparagraph (ii) below and subject to any further limitations which may be imposed by the Charter or by law, the corporation may redeem the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock, in whole or in part, at any time or from time to time, out of funds legally available therefor, at a redemption price equal to $25 per share plus an amount equal to the amount of the accrued and unpaid dividend (whether or not declared) from the Dividend Payment Date immediately preceding the redemption date to but excluding the redemption date, but without accumulation of unpaid dividends on the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock for prior dividend periods. If less than all of the outstanding shares of 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock are to be redeemed, the corporation will select the shares to be redeemed from the outstanding shares not previously called for redemption by lot or pro rata (as nearly as possible) or by any other method that the Board of Directors in its sole discretion deems equitable. (ii) In the event the corporation shall determine to redeem any or all of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock as aforesaid, the corporation will give notice of any such redemption to holders of record of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock not more than 60 nor less than 30 days prior to the date fixed by the Board of Directors for such redemption. Failure to give notice to any holder of record of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock shall not affect the validity of the proceedings for the redemption of shares of any other holder of record of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock being redeemed. (iii) Notice having been given as herein provided, from and after the redemption date, dividends on the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock called for redemption shall cease to accrue and such 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock called for redemption will no longer be deemed outstanding, and all rights of the holders thereof, other than the right to receive the redemption price as herein provided, will cease. (iv) Holders of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock will have no right to require redemption of any shares of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock. (v) Any shares of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock that are redeemed or retired shall thereafter have the status of authorized but unissued shares of Class A preferred stock of the corporation undesignated as to series, and may thereafter be reissued by the Board of Directors in the same manner as any other authorized and unissued shares of Class A preferred stock. (vi) If the corporation shall deposit on or prior to any date fixed for redemption of the 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock, with any bank or trust company having a capital, surplus and undivided profits aggregating at least fifty million dollars ($50,000,000), as a trust fund, a fund sufficient to redeem the shares called for redemption, with irrevocable instructions and authority to such bank or trust company to pay on and after the date fixed for redemption or such earlier date as the Board of Directors may determine, to the respective holders of such shares, the redemption price thereof, then from and after the date of such deposit (although prior to the date fixed for redemption) such shares so called shall be deemed to be redeemed and dividends thereon shall cease to accrue after said date fixed for redemption and such deposit shall be deemed to constitute full payment of said shares to the holders thereof and thereafter said shares shall no longer be deemed to be outstanding, and the holders thereof shall cease to be stockholders with respect to such shares, and shall have no rights with respect thereto except only the right to receive from said bank or trust company payment of the redemption price of such shares without interest. (vii) In case the holder of any such 6 1/8% Series Class A Preferred Stock shall not, within six years after said deposit, claim the amount deposited as above stated for the redemption thereof, the bank or trust company shall upon demand pay over to the corporation such amounts so deposited and the bank or trust company shall thereupon be relieved from all responsibility to the holder thereof. No interest on such deposit shall be payable to any such holder.

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Series:A
Alternate symbology:GPE-A, GPE-PA, GPEprA
Redeemable?:Yes
Call Date:7/1/2009 (Now Trading Post Call Date)
Perpetual?:Yes
Cumulative?:No
Liquidation Preference:$25
Original Coupon:6.13%
Pay Period:Quarterly
Pay Dates:1-Jan, 1-Apr, 1-Jul, 1-Oct
Southern is a holding company. Through its subsidiaries, Alabama Power Company, Georgia Power Company, Gulf Power Company and Mississippi Power Company, each of which is an operating public utility company, Co. supplies electric service in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi. In addition, Co. owns all of the common stock of Southern Power Company, which is also an operating public utility company that constructs, acquires, owns, and manages generation assets, including renewable energy projects, and sells electricity at market-based rates in the wholesale market.

Preferreds: ALP.PRN, GPE.PRA, MP.PRD, ALP.PRO, ALP.PRP


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Name: Southern Company (The)
Website: southerncompany.com
Sector: Electric Utilities
Number of ETFs Holding SO: 106 (see which ones)
Total Market Value Held by ETFs: $4,711,599,195
Total Market Capitalization: $44,631,000,000
% of Market Cap. Held by ETFs: 10.56%

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