I have recently (about a month ago) moved to IB from Datek. I found out what many of you already know...IB is reliable, professional, fast...and the commissions are unbeatable. I like their "Best_ECN" routing. I am also impressed that IB has a representative who monitors this site -interacting with those who post here and considering their suggestions for improvements. With that said, there is one area where I believe IB could use some improvement: available short list for Nasdaq stocks. Here are some examples: 1)last week 3 biotechs had significant one-day gains on news. But VLGC, BPRX, and IGEN were not available to short 2)about 3 weeks ago I compiled a list of 14 semiconductor stocks to watch- 8 of which were not available to short (MTSN, PXLW, NANO, LTXX, GNSS, OCPI, DPMI, ATYT) 3)in the e-games software group TTWO, THQI, and AKLM can't be shorted I could go on. Not everyone plays the same way. One of my favorites is to short the over-reaction to good news and/or analyst hype. But whenever I find a good candidate it seems that there is a much greater than 50% chance that IB does not have it available to short. I must also say that IB has provided a simple tool which makes it very easy to check their short list. But I spend too much time using that tool, often to find that I have run into a dead-end. In fairness I must also say that several of the semi's I listed above are available NOW for shorting. But seeing that most of them took a nose dive last Friday (7/06) they are no longer the attractive candidates for shorting that they were several days ago. The bottom line is that, in my experience with IB, when I find something that looks ripe for a pull-back, it is usually not available to short. This was seldom an issue at Datek. And no, I don't want to go back to Datek. Even if IB stays exactly as it is, it is in a whole different league vs. Datek and I will happily stay with IB. Just wondering if anyone agrees and whether anything can be done to improve the list of available shorts.