Salute Your Shorts

by Patrick Schuette October 2 2008, 00:29
I. A Short Introduction

With the recent collapse of numerous financial institutions, the practice of short-selling (“shorting”) has come under fire. Some authors have gone so far to claim that the actions of short-sellers (“shorters”) are among the core reasons for the current credit crisis.[1] In response to this outcry, the United States has imposed temporary bans on the shorting of certain stocks, particularly the stocks of firms in the banking and finance sector, citing the need to protect investors and markets.[2] Furthermore, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has launched an investigation into shorters for allegedly spreading false rumors in the financial market.[3] These enforcement responses prompt the question; do shorters have a legitimate role to play in a fair and open market? [More]

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