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Some people try making money, or even credit (as in respect, poor word maybe), upon often a bad situation (natural disasters come to mind), I feel there is a word for it, for them to _ on the situation.

Edit, I think the word I'm looking for is related to the word capitalism

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    to cash in on the situation – CowperKettle Jan 13 '16 at 11:34
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    exploit a situation. – StoneyB on hiatus Jan 13 '16 at 12:07
  • Capitalize on the situation – Peter Jan 13 '16 at 13:04
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to cash in on the situation

Or, if you need a word related to capitalism,

to capitalize on the situation

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The word is cash in on (it's an inseparable phrasal verb, the object must come at the end) as pointed out. It's used when you want to benefit yourself or make money on something and it doesn't matter how you do so, even if it's unfairly done.

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