Not a single reply... does this means nobody really knows?  

Question:  Is it only a broker who can short a stock on behalf of an investor?  If this is the case then the broker is the one assuming the risk of the transaction.  The broker will win if the short gets squeezed or the broker loses if the stock price does go down.  In this case you'd be betting against your broker.  Is this a good isea?


Because this is such a relevant topic near term...  When the shorts get coverred, who benefits from the sqeeze?  Certainly not the shareholders who unknowingly had their shares leant.  Is it the institution allowing the short which gains or loses?