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Short-selling creates uproar on both sides of the Atlantic

Monday, February 15, 2010

From Sagar Chakraverty, Opalesque Asia:

While the global economy is gradually coming back to track after the financial crisis, with liquidity flowing in, there are lot of ideas going around in the markets – ideas to avert another crisis. As the voices are growing louder in the advanced economies, one can distinctly hear a protest against the short-sellers, who are seen as the villains of the global crisis. They are charged with reducing liquidity, raising volatility, and even causing nations to fail. As short-sellers stand in the ‘financial courts’ and shoulder all the blame in the US and the EU, it would be interesting to see what actions are taken on them.

SEC may restrict “the practice of short selling” in coming weeks The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will be mulling over restrictions on the practice of short selling in the coming weeks, SEC chairman Mary Schapiro revealed in a speech at ‘SEC Speaks in 2010’, a seminar held in Washington DC on 5-Feb and 6-Feb.

Schapiro said: “Finally, in the past year, we adopted rules that seek to reduce the potential for abusive ‘naked’ short selling in the securities market. These rules have significantly reduced the number of times short sellers failed to deliver securities. Looking ahead, in the coming weeks, we will consider proposals to restrict the practice of short selling,” Global Securities Lending ......................

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