I have a few questions about shorting stocks. 1)How easy is it to short stocks above $5 with mid to large daily trade volumes. 2)how easy it is to aquire short stock shares? are some firms better at aquiring short stock shares for their customers? I am talking about a few $1000s worth of stocks at a time. Also, Let's say for example, you already own 100 shares of X-corp and you want to aquire 50 short shares of X-corp, will your transaction go thru faster? 3)Besides the standard trade fee, is their any other fee to short a stock? 4)I know it's possible for your short shares to be called in at any time. How often does that happen? also, how long do people usually hold onto shorted shares? 5)If you have some cash left after you buy some shorted stocks, do you still have to pay a margin fee? 6)If a stock that you have shorted and it pays dividends, who pays the dividends to the original owners of those shorted shares? You(the person who shorted) or the company of the stock? 7) Shorted shares vs Options. Which is better?