Even though I have been looking at this site for a while, this is only my 2nd thread. I hope this doesn't sound like 2 silly questions. I have been looking at a few stocks latley around the dividend end date. They seem to have all dropped as the the stock goes dividend- I think I understand why...but, is it a possible strategy to short a stock while it goes ex-dividend, to take advantage as the stock goes down from paying the share holders, is there any other major risk involved?
Also, is there a time limit on how long you need to hold stocks to take advandage of company dividend pay outs, do you have to hold the stock a certain amount of time to be intitled to dividends, or is the money you need to make it worth while not worth the risk?