I have fairly bad credit, (defaulted on student loan, and 2 credit cards). I'm fairly certain no brokerage in their right mind would extend a margin account to me. I would be fine trading on a cash basis, except that I'd like to be able to sell the market short in addition to buying long positions so that I could better follow trends. I'm not very familiar with the requirements most broker's have for allowing their clients to trade in options. Would put options be a feasible way of selling short without a margin account? Also would most options brokers allow me to freely trade options even though my credit is abysmal?