Short selling ban upsets hedge funds

ninemsn – The corporations watchdog has extended a ban on covered short selling in the local equities market by at least another month because market conditions continue to be difficult.

But a group representing hedge funds, which are high volume users of the short selling trading technique, has condemned the move, saying it could lead to job losses.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) imposed the ban on September 21, as financial markets were racked by volatility and regulators began to look for ways to reduce wild swing in certain shares and the wider market.

ASIC chairman Tony D’Aloisio said on Tuesday that various actions and packages adopted by the Australian and other world governments to address the global financial crisis were yet to work through the system.

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