Assessing the arguments against shorting

Assessing the arguments against shorting

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Regulators across the globe are working to implement new regulations designed to improve the stability of financial markets. As part of this, some supervisors and politicians have proposed banning the naked short selling of government bonds and derivatives related to those instruments. If adopted, this would mean that prospective sellers (possibly including market-makers in sovereign debt) would first need to locate and reserve the securities in question. 

Sovereign issuers and primary dealers

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