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Short Sale Reform Plan on Hold

Traders Magazine, December 2004

Gregory Bresiger

The short sale reform pilot, which had been slated to begin on January 3, 2005, has been delayed until May 2, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The regulators took the step after they heard complaints from officials of several market centers. They said that they would not be able to update their systems in time. The one-year pilot requires market centers to mark short sale orders of pilot stocks as "short exempt" so that such orders are not subject to price tests.

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