Report Barclays - The Ultimate Short? in House prices and the economy Posted October 14, 2008 The 'view' is that they a bargain and are being forces to capitalise to a over high level of 11%. They are never mentioned with other failing banks, because their balance sheets are far, far stronger which has been reflected in their share price until Brown assulted the banks last week. HBOS problems are down to the fact that they are the UK mortgage property leader.BTW, you can't short Bank shares. You could always Buy PUT options !!