Are Short Sellers Manipulating TSLA? Tesla Short Selling Discussion w/ Ihor Dusaniwsky (S3 Partners)


Ihor Dusaniwsky, Managing Director of Predictive Analytics at S3 Partners, joins Rob Maurer to discuss TSLA short selling. Have we seen a TSLA short squeeze? Are short sellers manipulating Tesla stock? Why isn’t there more transparency in the stock market around short selling? How can you prevent your shares from being lent to short sellers? Are all short sellers betting against TSLA?

0:00 Introduction
1:00 Ihor Dusaniwsky’s role at S3 partners
2:17 Why is a stock moving?
3:01 Has TSLA been a short squeeze?
6:06 Short sales as hedges on TSLA
10:55 Daily short interest updates
14:35 TSLA’s dynamic trading
16:17 TSLA intra-day trading
19:46 Transparency in the stock market & intricacies of short selling
25:25 Lending shares to shorts — can you prevent it? Should you?
32:46 Are short sellers manipulating TSLA stock?

Recorded Thursday, February 20th, 2020.

S3 Partners:

Ludicrous producer Vincent Smith
Executive producer Rish Singh
Executive producer Nick Wood
Executive producer Fela Winkelmolen
Executive producer Troy Cherasaro
Executive producer Bradford Ferguson
Executive producer Andre Kent
Music by Evan Schaeffer

Disclosure: Rob Maurer is long TSLA stock & derivatives

40 replies
  1. willyouwright
    willyouwright says:

    The irony is that shorts and other are major owners of tesla now. Since the squeeze.. now they have mire say and it really only squeezes out longs.. they had to pay for that power. But they have it now. They figure if they cant kill it they mays well own it..

  2. Paul Blose
    Paul Blose says:

    Outstanding Rob! Always wondered why short sells were outside of realtime DTC measures. Thanks for taking some of the conspiracy theories on with an expert. Guess it's safe to get rid of my foil hat. SHORT AA!

  3. andrew scala
    andrew scala says:

    I’m learning so much thanks to you Rob!!! I never took much interest in the market, but Tesla has ignited that and you are such a great speaker that respects your guests and their input. Thanks!!!

  4. Johnstergood
    Johnstergood says:

    What ever you payed the guy doing the audio. Cut those expenses an watch a quick Youtube tutorial how to get decent audio which isn’t rocket science by any means given the gear you have.

  5. arbeeex
    arbeeex says:

    No one seems to take notice of the entertainment value of shorts getting squeezed. Anticipating bankruptcies of these traders is fun but the apex would be a round of Black Friday window jumpers line in 1929. Think of the endless replays of the intro to ABC Wild World of Sports ski footage. In the meantime, I will enjoy the video clip of Bob Lutz saying Tesla does not know how to build cars.

  6. Fam Naff
    Fam Naff says:

    Igor, thank you so much for taking time to improve my understanding of short selling. Unbelievable complexity from my modest position. I will leave this to you all. Well done Rob.

  7. Foamy Dave
    Foamy Dave says:

    Great interview. I understand so much more about shorting and what can look like manipulation. Ihor did such a great job of explaining a complex subject and kept the conversation very accessible for those of us who are not market experts.

  8. Jon Sobieski
    Jon Sobieski says:

    Just stopping by to say that you are running some excellent content on your channel, and that this was one of the best and most educational interviews that I have viewed. Thank you!

  9. D R-K
    D R-K says:

    Great job on getting this interview Rob, I truly appreciate the insight and clarification this brought to my thinking, but I feel like I have to take a shower after this. The market and how it is set up is "colorful" to put it politely. I had some early exposure to it at one point…. and saw some interesting things. I am left feeling even more strongly, that we as a society should be more educated about this and that we do need some major changes.

    Thanks again.

  10. redxsage
    redxsage says:

    Nice conversation. I get the impression that Ihor Duaniwsky really trusts and believes in the PROCESS & PHILOSOPHY at the core of the intended rites of $#0r+ Selling. That reminds me of Alan Greenspan arguing that there was 'no need for strict regulation of banks' because they all knew better than to take certain risks, offer certain loans, take certain strategies, or use particular tactics. He trusted them, as members of a storied professional industry, to not do anything that would lead to disaster.

    Yeah. Then came the 2008 Financial Crisis. And they had to learn all those lessons all over again.

    Deregulation NEVER works. Every single time it is applied, the result is DISASTER. Never the lasting profitable eternal economic boom that is promised by its backers. And, every time, it is the U.S. Government or U.S. Citizens that must 'pick up the tab' for those outright failures of policy…

    ▪ Savings & Loan 'Banks'
    ▪ The breakup of AT&T and establishment of 'Baby Bells'
    ▪ Deregulation of the National Electric Grid, which lead directly to the ENRON Scandal
    ▪ Sub-Prime Real Estate Lending

  11. Sejal Patel
    Sejal Patel says:

    I need to watch this one a few times… Rob it’s would be awesome if you could summarize the points in another vid – as you have a great ability to explain things in an easily understandable way and a lot of amazing points were made. Thanks !


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