Since 1996, asensio.com has been publishing investigative research concerning short investments. asensio.com’s reporting has always strived to be accessible and relevant for all types of investors and to provide the most accurate facts and analysis available concerning the companies that are the subjects of our research. asensio.com was launched on June 4, 1996, as the late-1990s period of the market’s “irrational exuberance” was getting underway. It was the first website of its kind, being exclusively devoted to short-selling-focused research. The launch of asensio.com was driven by the idea that contrarian investment news and research should be available to the public – that there should be a voice counter-balancing promotional rhetoric that all too often is out of touch with economic reality.
That tradition has continued to the present, and in more than 20 years of reporting, we have dealt with numerous cases of outright stock fraud and dozens of high-flying stock promotions that plummeted when reality set in. Among these were companies that mounted aggressive defenses to keep their stock promotions going, and companies that were supported by officials at the highest level of government.
We believe that opposing viewpoints and short-selling enhance the market’s price discovery process and support market liquidity.