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Short selling has long been viewed by politicians and some regulators with suspicion.  Considered by many to be the root cause of any devastating sell-off, there is a long history of the practice being curtailed or banned altogether in some jurisdictions.

In recent times, many regulators have recognised the benefits of short selling – it improves liquidity, helps eradicate anomalies and ensures stocks remain at fair value. The turmoil following the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008 c

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