The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which financial and economics sector head Ilan Moscovitz and consumer goods editor and analyst Austin Smith discuss topics across the investing world.

In today's edition, Ilan and Austin discuss Ilan's short of a financial stock heavily tied to the mortgage scandal that's heating up. Find out why it paid off and how the latest events could affect banks.

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