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Can you short on Qtrade Direct Investing as of July 2023?

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Oskar G.
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Short selling is a trading strategy in which you speculate on the decline in the price of a stock or other security. If you'd like to learn about the intricacies of short selling real stocks, be sure to check out this article explaining the short selling of stocks.

Some stockbrokers only allow long position in stocks and ETFs. Others allow short positions only via CFDs on a handful of popular individual stocks. Advanced traders prefer brokers that allow the short selling of real stocks (and not just CFDs) on most stock markets their clients have access to.

Fortunately, clients of Qtrade Direct Investing can short real stocks.

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Short selling of real stocks at Qtrade Direct Investing

The number of stock markets a broker provides access to is a good indication for the number of real stocks available for short selling. Note that brokers may not allow short selling on all stock exchanges, therefore the total number of available stock markets may be lower. Financial regulators sometimes restrict short selling. For example when the Covid-19 pandemic engulfed Europe, six European countries implemented temporary bans on short-selling.

Qtrade Direct Investing available stock markets vs competitors
Stock markets (#)
7 5 8

Data updated on June 17, 2024

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You need to have a margin account to be able to open short positions. This type of account usually comes with different requirements than regular trading accounts. For example, in the US, you need a minimum deposit of $2,000 for margin trading. To compare the fees associated with the short selling real stocks, let's take a look at a $2,000 short sale trade.

Fees for a $2,000 short sale at Qtrade Direct Investing vs competitors
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Data updated on June 17, 2024

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If none of the brokers above are a good match for you, we recommend our article listing the best brokers for short selling.

As Qtrade Direct Investing does not offer derivatives such as CFDs, forex or futures, you cannot go short on these assets. If you are into derivatives trading, check out our list of the best CFD brokers.

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Oskar Golebiowski
Author of this article
Oskar is a former Canadian broker expert for BrokerChooser. Oskar's goal is to bring transparency to investors in the Canadian stock brokerage market. With a bachelor’s degree in finance and over 3 years of business experience, Oskar has tested many different investing platforms in the past. His aim is to provide unbiased and honest reviews of the best tools available to Canadian investors.
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