Is the riskiest game you can play after slots, and every broker agrees. But yet every stock is shorted to some degree and having 5-10% of the float being shorted is normal. If the risk was much less the percentage of the float being shorted would be much higher, but the risks are very high, and that's why it usually stays around this 5-10% range and sometimes a bit higher. Even the best companies in the world have 5-10% of the float being shorted at any given time, I'm quite sure, but 1-2% of the time I could be wrong. LOL