You shouldn't let anyone get in your way; it's your money so do as you wish with it. Call your broker and short this puppy. He'll call your when the dividend is due and when they give you a margin call. By then you'll be on speed-dial and on a first name basis. Isn't freedom just a grand thing, I'm calling my broker and selling PUTS below and CALLS above. This is a long race and the winner will have more cash ten then the others. BTW-I love short positions but not with this stock. Covering makes me sad.