I want to bet that certain stocks will decline in price, but they have no options and there are insufficient shares available for a short sale according to my broker. Do I have any other way to take advantage of a potential decline in these stocks’ prices?

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    Well you'd have to find someone to take the other side of that bet which may be the root problem... – D Stanley Jun 18 at 20:22
  • Any ideas on how to find such parties? – ak87 Jun 18 at 20:35
  • @ak87 If you are looking to short the stock, I would try a different broker. I think there is a good chance they will be able to help you. – Bob Jun 19 at 1:45

If your stock does not offer options then you can check with other brokers to see if they have hard-to-borrow shares available. That's a long shot but still a possibility.

Another possibility is an OTC agreement with a counterparty but this is only available for big players since the intermediary is usually an investment bank or similar.

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  • And to clarify, 'big players' in this case is measured in millions and billions, not hundreds and thousands. – Michael Hartmann Jun 20 at 5:47

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