SEC’s Short Ban To End Wednesday

Oct 6 2008 | 9:37am ET

The Securities and Exchange Commission’s ban on shorting financial stocks, much derided by the hedge fund community, will come to an end this week as promised.

The SEC said the ban will expire at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, allowing short-selling to resume on Thursday. When the agency extended the two-week-old restrictions last Wednesday, it said they would be lifted three business days after Congress passed a Wall Street bailout package. The House of Representatives on Friday did just that, after rejecting a bailout bill earlier last week. President Bush quickly signed it.

The short-selling restrictions were put in place on Sept. 19, and grew to cover more than 1,000 financial stocks. The temporary ban, introduced alongside less temporary reporting requirements for short sales, is blamed in part for the historically difficult September suffered by many hedge funds.

Short sale bans remain in effect in other major markets, including the U.K. and the Netherlands.


In Depth

An Interview With Harvest Volatility Management's Rick Selvala

Mar 23 2017 | 5:39pm ET

Several years of extremely low interest rates have pushed some investors into equities...

Lifestyle

'Tis the Season: Wall Street Holiday Parties Back In Fashion

Dec 22 2016 | 9:23pm ET

Spending on Wall Street holiday parties has largely returned to pre-2008 levels...

Guest Contributor

Analyzing The Digital Footprint: What Operational Data Can Tell You About Future Risk

Mar 30 2017 | 3:38pm ET

Advances in technology and increasing operational complexity in search of higher...

 

From the current issue of