Dealing with the dividend when you have a short position

What if I’m short a security when it goes ex-dividend?

You are on the hook for the dividend if you are short the stock/ETF when it goes ex-dividend.  It will be subtracted from your brokerage account on the distribution date.  You borrowed the stock, you are responsible for paying the owner of the security the dividend.

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2 thoughts on “Dealing with the dividend when you have a short position”

  1. Hi Alex, The inverse funds like SH and SDS don’t track the dividend sized drop in SPY’s price when it goes ex-dividend. They continue tracking the S&P500 as they would on any normal day–so they aren’t an effective hedge for capturing the dividend.

    — Vance


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