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Securities lending

Lending shares can solve short-term needs of both lenders and borrowers.

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  • Professional customers can profit from lending out shares that they own

  • Investors can borrow shares in order to sell short (profit from price drops)

  • We act as the contract counterparty and guarantor

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Short trading for retail customers

How to find shares for shorting

Log in to the online equity trading service (top right). Under market, you will find the list ‘Shares available for short trading’

Borrowing shares – for short selling

Short selling is a strategy that is used when an investor expects a share to fall in value. In practice, shorting is based on borrowing shares, selling them at the price of the day, in order to then buy them back (hopefully) cheaper, before they need to be returned. If the share price drops you will profit from the trade. However, if the price rises, you will lose money. The potential for loss is theoretically unlimited.

NB! To be able to short, you must first apply for Securities financing inside our Equity Trading platform.

Short selling carries a very high risk and is not an investment strategy suited for beginners.

Questions and answers about short selling, arbitrage and hedging

Contact our Securities Lending Desk

Phone: +47 24 16 92 20

You can send an email to: sec.lending@dnb.no

A safe intermediary between borrower and lender

DNB Markets works as an intermediary between the shareholders who want to lend their shares, and investors who want to borrow shares. Borrowing shares may be required if you have bought and sold a certain number of shares but cannot get the shares you have bought in time to meet your obligations. In that case we can arrange for you to borrow shares in the market to avoid any further delays in the settlement chain.

Shorting, arbitrage and hedging

Borrowing may also be necessary when you want to “short”, do an “arbitrage trade” or when “hedging” in relation to share derivative trades. (You will find a more detailed explanation of these strategies below).


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Benefits of having DNB Markets as your counterpart

DNB acts as a contractual counterpart in all agreements related to loans of securities. This means that the bank acts as the guarantor vis-à-vis the lender(s) and the credit committee-approved borrowers. The advantages for our customers are:

  • DNB is the contractual counterparty and takes on the counterparty risk
  • DNB receives security from the borrower in accordance with Finanstilsynet’s (Financial Supervisory Authority of Norway) requirements, with daily follow-up/collection of security
  • Standard agreements approved by Finanstilsynet are used
  • DNB administers company events

The contractual basis will consist of a standard agreement pre-approved by . Each loan is normally approved separately and is confirmed with a contract note.

Borrow shares for shorting

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Shorting involves high risk and is recommended only for professional and experienced investors.

Shares are often borrowed by investors who are expecting a drop in the price. They want to use the borrowed shares to “short” them. Shorting means selling a number of shares you have borrowed at the price of the day, in the hope that the price will fall before you have to give them back. Should the share price fall in that period, you will profit from the trade. However, if the price goes up, you will lose money. Shorting carries a high risk and is not an investment strategy that is suitable for beginners.

A borrower’s approval is based on a credit assessment by the bank.

Our prices and terms and conditions

Securities trading is subject to strict rules. We’ve gathered all our terms and conditions onto one page. Here you will find our obligations as an investment firm. In addition, you’ll find information on what you, as a customer, are obliged to familiarise yourself with, and what our services cost.

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