Securities lending

A basic right...

You have the right to lend out any asset you own, including the securities in your portfolio. However, for decades this practice, known as securities lending, has largely been restricted to institutional investors who have reaped the rewards.

Whether you were given the opportunity to enjoy this additional revenue stream, or you decided not to engage in it due to the lack of control and transparency over your portfolio, we have a solution for you! Now you too can earn additional revenue by lending out the securities you already own.

Securities lending is a pure alpha solution which can help you:

Enhance returns

Enhance returns

increase revenue
Increase revenue

Increase revenue

offset costs
Offset costs

Offset costs

The smart way to lend

You may have been aware of securities lending for some time and therefore aware of the revenue opportunities it presents. But, the industry was a black box and you didn’t have the time or money to manage it yourself so, in the end, you passed on introducing securities lending.

Pass no more!

When you activate Sharegain, you are not defined by the size of your portfolio.

If you like control, you’ll love Sharegain

  • Set your lending limits on each of your securities or at a portfolio level.
  • Manage who your borrowers are. 
  • Choose to only lend your most lucrative securities.
  • Get real-time access to the lending rates on your securities.
  • Allow your whole team access for effective oversight of the lending activity.
  • Approve each of your loan’s individually.

Time is your most valuable commodity

  • Define and set your own control framework and let our tech work for you.

A brief history of securities lending

The 1960s

Institutions who provide “market making” services are required to buy and sell securities at any time. Sometimes a market maker may not hold enough of a security at the time when a client wishes to sell it. This requirement was what lead to the first securities lending transaction.

The 1970s

In the 1970s, US custodian banks began lending specific securities to broker-dealers on behalf of their clients.

The 1980s

In the 1980s securities lending was adopted by many institutional investors as a way to offset custody fees. Wider adoption was aided by legislative changes and standardisation.

The 1990s

Many regulators sought to address the legal, regulatory and tax impediments to securities lending. As authorities reduced the scope for activities such as tax arbitrage, hedging became the main demand driver of the industry.

The 2000s

During the 2000s and following increased adoption and standardisation, specialist providers of securities lending services known as agent lenders began facilitating securities lending transactions.


Sharegain reinvented the agent lender model, creating the world’s first Digital Agent Lender, opening up securities lending for all investors and making it  accessible by focusing on simplicity, automation, and seamless integration.

The value of securities lending

As part of our mission to demystify the securities lending industry we want all of our clients to understand what drives the hidden value of their portfolio.
Broadly, revenues from securities lending are driven by four main pillars.

These are usually hard to borrow securities which borrowers are willing to pay >1% for.

Corporate events create trading opportunities increasing the demand to borrow.

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Borrowers are willing to pay more to lenders who forgo the right to recall.

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These securities generate lower returns but can be lucrative in volume.

The hidden value of your portfolio

Specials vs. General collateral

At Sharegain we focus on the returns that can be generated
from the special portion of your portfolio. This is because
specials provide the most attractive risk/return.

At Sharegain we focus on the returns that can be generated from the special portion of your portfolio.
This is because specials provide the most attractive risk/return.

Want to know more?

With securities lending, as with other investment activities, your capital may be at risk.

Sharegain Ltd. is registered in England and Wales (no. 09600298) and is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (no. 730395).
*This website is directed exclusively at and intended to be used only by professional investors and retail investors with direct holdings in stocks, bonds and ETFs in excess of £500,000. Our website is not directed at any person or institution where (by reason of nationality, residence or otherwise) the availability of our website or securities lending in general is prohibited. The material on this website is for general information and should not be considered as investment advice or solicitation to be involved in securities lending or to use one of Sharegain’s services. Securities lending involves risks and we have not and will not assess whether our service is appropriate for you. If you decide to lend your securities, your capital may be at risk. Please consult professional advisors if you are in any doubt as to whether the service would be beneficial for you or whether you require any consent or need to observe any formalities, before deciding to engage in securities lending.
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