12 Aug '11, 12pm

No plans to ban short selling, says SGX

SINGAPORE: The Singapore Exchange (SGX) said it has no plans to ban short selling. It said this in response to queries from MediaCorp about whether it was considering the measure after Japan, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium all said they would limit short sales to help smooth recent volatility. The 15-day ban undertaken by regulators in the Eurozone aims to put a lid on market speculation and to prevent abuse of the trading strategy. Short selling takes advantage of expected market declines, where investors sell shares that have been borrowed, in the hope of buying them back at a lower price. Some regulators argue that while short selling is legal, if deepens market declines during times of high volatility. SGX said it did not limit short selling in the bourse even during the height of the global financial crisis in 2008. On Thursday, it increased the margin requirements ...

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