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Studies Find Shorting Bans Come Up Short

Traders Magazine Online News, October 4, 2011

James Armstrong

As debates over short selling rage both in the United States and Europe, two new reports question the effectiveness of the short-selling bans enacted by a quartet of nations this summer. Reports released on Monday by both Credit Suisse and Instinet found that the Aug. 12 short-selling bans on certain financial companies instituted by Belgium, France, Italy and Spain did little to slow the slide in share prices for affected stocks.

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