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Bridgewater’s Bet Against Europe Shines Light on Patchy Short-Selling Rules

(Reuters) The world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates caused a stir last week when it disclosed it had made $22 billion (15.78 billion pounds) worth of bets against European companies, including giants such as Unilever (ULVR.L) and Siemens (SIEGn.DE). But patchy rules on the practice known as “short-selling” mean it is difficult to tell if Bridgewater’s positions are a bet against Europe specifically, or broader scepticism on global equities.

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