I have watched/traded the markets now for a few years (as a nasdaq MM and prop trader) and I am almost positive that shorting stocks is easier than going long. If you ignore extremem overall market conditions, in a choppy or flat market, even slight uptrending, stocks that are declining seem to move more deliberately than stocks that ar going up. Most of my successful trades are from shorts and my % of wins is much higher. I am convinced that it is due to psychology. People in general play the long side. when a stock heads south, they feel pain and sell contributing the decline. Has anyone else felt this way?