ASIC Bans all Short Selling in Australia
In a surprise move last night, the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has banned ALL short selling in Australia – both naked short selling and covered short selling. This came as a surprise to many people [including myself] considering their previous statements that expressed their satisfaction with their previous restrictions, which only affected naked short selling.
The ban commences from the start of trading this morning (Monday 22nd September).
In their statement, ASIC expressed concern that short selling bans that have recently been enacted in a number of markets around the world may result in hedge funds moving their activities to Australia and increasing “unwarranted activity” here.
These new restrictions are more extensive than those enacted elsewhere, which have generally only targeted financial stocks.