Industry organization warns against ban on short selling

Nothing suggests that banning short selling has a positive effect on market activity or price levels - on the contrary, it increases uncertainty, says the World Federation of Exchanges.

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Several countries have temporarily suspended short selling due to the recent large fluctuations on the financial markets since the coronavirus spread to Europe.

Banning short selling gives the impression that action is being taken - but in reality, has no effect, says the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), which is an industry organization for the world's stock exchanges.

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