The short story


The decision by the UK Financial Services Authority (FSA) to end its four-month ban on the short selling of 34 financial stocks, as planned, on January 16 was met with incredulity by politicians and certain parts of the media. Calls for a longer - or even permanent ban - seemed vindicated by a sharp drop in financial stocks immediately after the embargo ended, blamed by some commentators on speculators profiting from the misfortune of others.

Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) fell from 39.9 pence at

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What gold's rise means for rates, equities

It has been several years since we have seen volatility in gold. An increase in gold volatility can typically be associated with a change in sentiment and investor behavior. The precious metal has surged this year on increased demand for safe haven…

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