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Questions tagged [shorting-securities]

For questions related to the trading practice of short-selling, which involves selling securities or financial instruments that one doesn't own with the intention of repurchasing them at a lower price.

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Can a CEO short his own company?

I'm just curious, it seems a CEO could make a lot of money by shorting a huge amount of shares on his company through a third party and then purposefully tanking the company before being fired. Surely ...
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How to profit off a stock price falling

How would one profit from a share price falling, granted that they correctly predicted it would happen? Say I had a hunch that a certain stock was going to fall next week, how could I effectively ...
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Can I profit from anticipating a drop in value?

Suppose there is an investment, such as a stock, which I currently own no units of. I predict this investment will soon drop in value. I have no reason to predict that the investment will bounce back ...
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What is the meaning of “short selling” or “going short” a stock?

Can someone please explain the meaning of 'shorting' a stock with an example?
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Why do shareholders participate in shorting stocks?

When an investor wants to short a stock, they need to borrow shares from someone else. Why would a shareholder lend the investor the shares? When the investor gives them back, the stock would be down....
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How do you short US Treasuries?

As the US government continues to issue record levels of debt, I don't think it can continue to sell that debt at 2 - 3% interest. It will face the simple supply/demand law of economics - the more ...
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Shorting a stock after dividend

Theoretically, the price of a stock should always fall whenever a dividend is paid out to shareholders. Is this true in practice? If it is, I can just short the stock before the dividend is paid and ...
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Why is short-selling considered more “advanced” than a simple buy?

Considering the downward spiral in the market (which many are predicted will continue), I was thinking perhaps selling short would be the right strategy. But from what I can tell on my brokerage ...
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Why do speculators short-sell a stock when they wish to go short, rather than purchase put options?

I'm still trying to figure out, why, if a speculator believes a security will go down in value they use the tradition route of short-selling, when it would seem that purchasing put options is the less ...
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Why can't I short a stock that sells for less than $5? Is there another way to “go short” on them?

I don't like satellite radio as a business and I want to short Sirius (SIRI). The stock sells for less than $5, so my broker won't let me short it. Is this a limitation of my broker? Or some SEC ...
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If I short-sell a dividend-paying stock, do I have to pay the dividend?

If I hold shares of a stock on the ex div date, I get a dividend. But if instead I were to short-sell the stock and not buy it back before that date, would I then be responsible for paying the ...
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If I have all this stock just sitting there, how can I lend it out to people for short selling?

Short sellers need to borrow stock in order to short sell. I understand they typically get this stock through a broker though some sort of arrangement where they pay interest. I was wondering, how ...
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Why do people rarely execute options?

Options have recently sparked my curiosity as you can short a stock with a put option and only risk your premium (as opposed to shorting in a margin account) but I still have a few questions. Why do ...
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What to do if a company goes bankrupt after I short the stock

If I short a stock and then the company goes bankrupt, what obligation do I have to fulfill to my broker? I can no longer buy the stock back because the stock (i.e. the company) no longer exists, so ...
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How come I can't sell short certain stocks? My broker says “no shares are available”

I've noticed that a many times while trying to sell short a stock I get this message. (I use Scottrade as my broker). I think these stocks are being manipulated, for example, stocks like BSFT that ...
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How to bet against the London housing market?

A lot of people are talking about a property bubble in London and I was wondering: how could you short the property market and bet on a crash? Is there any obvious way? Basically, how could someone ...
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Why can't I short a particular stock?

I would like to short a particular popularly traded stock, but when I attempt to do so I keep getting this message all the time: "Order rejected: This stock is not available to borrow. If you want us ...
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Can you short a stock before the ex-div. date to make a profit?

If the price of a share automatically declines the same amount as the dividend on the ex-div. date why don't people short the stock right before the ex-date and then when the share price drops ...
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What is the best way to short the San Francisco real estate market?

Best as in: 1. Liquid 2. Minimum borrowing costs
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If I sell a stock that I don't have, am I required to buy it before a certain amount of time?

I'm just began playing in the stock market. I just executed a SELL, because I think the market is going down. I don't actually have any of this stock. Apparently, it's quite common strategy. I would ...
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Is the money you get from shorting a stock free to use for going long on other stocks?

I shorted a particular stock which resulted in $10,000 being deposited into my Interactive Brokers account. I then put all of that $10,000 into VTI (total stock market index). Basically making the bet ...
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Wells Fargo Brokerage has no shares of stock to short

I want to short several hundred shares of a stock. Wells Fargo brokerage has no shares to short. Would a different brokerage be likely to have access to shortable shares, or do they all access the ...
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Is short selling a good hedging strategy during overzealous market conditions?

As the stock market keeps increasing, I'm more and more interested in short selling as a strategy to hedge risk and make some money. History has shown that anything that goes up, must come down. The ...
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What happens if a short can't be covered?

My understanding is that when you short a stock you borrow it from a broker and the broker in turn usually borrows it from one of their other customers. Now let's say the stock suddenly rockets in ...
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Shorting: What if you can't find lenders?

I understand the shorting means you borrow the shares and sell them first, and pay them back later. So this is two-step process and things can go wrong in each step. For example: What if you can't ...
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Does bull/bear market actually make a difference?

This may be an extremely naive question, but it is often discussed on the news, here and in person (at least in financial circles) that it is easy to make money in a bull market, and harder to make ...
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Short-selling treasuries instead of borrowing on margin?

Let's say I have a diversified investment portfolio, and I wish to tap a relatively small amount of cash (less than 5% of the portfolio's value) without liquidating any of my positions. I could ...
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What are the risks associated with leveraged trading accounts?

What is a leveraged account and why is it mandatory on some trading platforms to operate through leverage? Also, what are the associated risks? Could I end up losing more money than I invested?
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Is there a way to tell how many stocks have been shorted?

When investigating a particular stock it is nice to know how many stocks have been shorted. Is there a way of finding out how many stocks have been shorted (for a given stock)?
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How do Related Hedges work?

I'm currently re-reading Benjamin Graham's book, The Intelligent Investor. In it (Chapter 15), Graham mentions some of the undertakings and operations his fund, Graham-Newman Corporation, was involved ...
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Professional investment planning for small net-worth individual in bearish market

I would like to find an investment planner that can help me achieve moderately aggressive growth when the stock market is expected to go down. Perhaps he would use shorts and other more short-term ...
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What happens if a company you hold short merges with another company?

I know how mergers (typically) work when you're long a company, you simply get shares in the merged company equal to your previous market value. But what happens if you hold a short position? The ...
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Why does short selling require borrowing?

Taking a 'long' position when investing is simple - you buy something (e.g a stock) with the hope it will appreciate in value, meaning you can then sell it and make a profit. However, the reverse, ...
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How to exclude stock from mutual fund

One of the mutual funds I invest in is indexed to the S&P/TSX Composite Index. I have a moral objection to one of the companies who makes up a small part of this index. Hypothetically, is there a ...
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question about short selling stocks

I'm trying to wrap my head around short selling. Online the explanations i found talk about borrowing a stock from your broker, selling it at a high price then waiting for the stock to drop in price ...
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What does it mean to “settle” a short interest trade?

I am trying to understand what exactly happens on "settlement date" as it pertains to short interest in a stock. A similar question was asked here. It refers to the nasdaq.com definition here (and ...
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Can the shorting of S&P futures negatively affect the underlying index and constituent stocks?

I hear people on financial shows talk all the time about index futures like SPY and QQQQ affecting the actual index. Can shorting these futures (in huge quantities obviously) cause the underlying ...
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How do we know the number of shorted shares of a stock?

I am reading this article which discusses Tesla's stock (TSLA). The article states: 27.5 million shares of Tesla are held short, or about 41 percent of the float. How can the number of shorted ...
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If a stock is sold but the purchase was canceled by the exchange, will it be considered a short-sale?

This question is asked as a follow-up to the question below; How can this stock have an intra-day range of more than 90% on 24Aug2015? BKCC had a 90% price fluctuation on 24Aug2015 and some buy ...
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Borrowed shares how are they tracked?

When a short position is opened in the stock market how does the brokerage know whether the trader has actually borrowed the shares or not?
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“Diversifying” by going Long and Short Simultaneously

I was hoping someone could take a critical eye to an idea i've had. Traditionally it's said that one should diversify across various asset classes and ultimately types to spread the risk out based on ...
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Shorting Obvious Pump and Dump Penny Stocks

Obviously there is a lot of risk involved, but I routinely see penny stocks (OTC) climb to unreasonably high levels of growth over very short periods of time (1-3 days), sometimes up to 9000% growth. ...
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Vegan hedge (shorting non-vegan, long vegan)

Edited in response to comments. How could I isolate a bet on veganism? (Assume that most of my wealth is already invested passively in diversified index funds and that for alpha with a different ...
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What happens to a short seller, who wants to close his position, but there are no shares available for sale?

For the sake of argument, let's assume a scenario, where the company is very illiquid, and there are no shares for sale and even increasing the buy order doesn't produce sellers. What happens to the ...
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Index Backed Short

If I have $200,000 in an index fund that mirrors the S&P 500, then I own the equivalent of 4+ thousand dollars in multiple high capitalization stocks. If I think that one of those stocks I already ...
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Shorting versus selling to hedge risk

If you own 10K shares of stock XXX and you want to hedge your investment, isn't shorting some of your XXX identical to simply selling some of your XXX? Doesn't either approach reduce your risk in the ...
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What is the “Short sale circuit breaker rule”?

Apparently there's a NASDAQ rule called something like short sale circuit breaker which limits how much a stock can be sold short after a certain drop in price or something like that. It really makes ...
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When shorting a stock, do you pay current market price or the best (lowest) available ask price?

A stock has a last sale price of 2.5 dollars on the NYSE. Say I am shorting 1000 shares of a stock, there's an ask price of 3 dollars for 500 shares. Theres an ask of 3.5 dollars for 250 shares, and ...
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understanding the process/payment of short sale dividends

Reference the log/journal entries below... I'm trying to follow the accounting trail for the following scenario. 10/04/16  20:36 Sold 5 SPY 12/30/16 220 Call @2.52 $1,255.41 12/16/16  03:17 OPT ...
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Short position with bullish outlook

I am just starting to learn about options and about puts and calls. Traditionally, I assumed that being short on a position means having a bearish outlook to the market. However, when you are an ...