What is shorting?

Shorting is the sale of an asset, for example stocks, that the seller has borrowed in order to profit from a subsequent fall in the price of the asset. Read more on Wikipedia.

Example: If you think the price of gold will fall, you can borrow some gold from a friend, and sell it for example for 1000 dollars. If the price of gold falls 20%, you can buy back the same amount of gold for 800 dollars. You have then earned 200 dollars (minus a fee for loaning the gold).

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About ShortNordic.com
ShortNordic is purely an information website. Do not make investment decisions based on the information on this site. The information about short positions are provided by the financial authorities in the respective countries, and is often incomplete. Some of the countries only provide the short percentage for each position with two decimal points, not the actual number of stocks. ShortNordic therefore estimates the number of stocks, but our numbers are sometimes incomplete or wrong. The estimation is based on the current number of stocks, updated once a week, which means that the accuracy of positions will suffer since the number of stocks was (highly likely) different. Also, the numbers are not adjusted for dividends or splitting/joining stocks. Always double check the numbers from this site.

A lot of historical positions are removed. This can be due to the stock price information not being available, or that the positions does not have the correct start- or endpoint, or that our price history provider does not have a complete price history. All the positions of companies that are no longer listed on the stock exchanges are deleted. There is also a chance that our code base is wrong. Generally, shorting is for experts. If you are not an expert, buying normal stocks or funds is your best choice. Never invest money that you cannot afford to lose.

The authorities only report positions above 0.5 percent. That means that aggregated short position in any given company is normally bigger than reported here on ShortNordic.com.

Update times: Short positions in the Nordic countries are published every working day during the opening hours of the stock exchanges, and contains positions reported up to midnight the day before. Norway and Sweden updates at 15.30, Finland at 10.00 and after 17.00. Denmark updates several times a day. When available, ShortNordic downloads the new short positions and display updated data of all active and positions.

The exact time for the short positions are not available, so ShortNordic makes some assumptions. If a position is reported for the date 16. July, ShortNordic assumes that the start price of the position is the closing price that day. Further, if the position is reported as 0 percent for the 18. July, we set the position's end price to the closing price at 18. July.

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