- The Washington Times - Monday, August 18, 2014

Billionaire businessman George Soros has upped his ante in what some industry insiders say in his long-running bet that the United States will suffer a massive stock market collapse in the coming months.

His financial filings show that he’s been predicting such a collapse in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index since late 2013, Newsmax reported.

Specifically, the most recent 13-F filing Mr. Soros made with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicates that the Soros Fund Management that he heads up has increased its “puts” on the Standard & Poor 500 exchange-traded fund by a massive amount, between the first and second quarters. By the numbers, Mr. Soros boosted his position to 11.3 million put options — bringing the dollar value of his position from $299 million to $2.2 billion.

Stock market insiders say such a move is little more than a bet that the price of the stock market will take a dramatic fall, Newsmax reported.

Investors generally watch the quarterly filings because they give a good indication on where “smart” money is choosing to invest.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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