SEC to host roundtable on short-selling regulation

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WASHINGTON, DC - The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to hold a roundtable discussion to debate the way forward for short-selling regulation.

The decision follows an April 8 vote by which the SEC decided unanimously to start public consultation on two very different approaches to short selling - without plumping for either one.

The first approach is a permanent and market-wide strategy to introduce an 'up-tick rule', with a price test based on the national test bid or last sale price.

The second strategy would be temporary and restricted to securities, including either a 'circuit breaker' banning shorting of a particular stock one day at a time, or imposing a short sale price test based on last sale price or national best bid, if a specific security goes into market freefall.

"This roundtable will help ensure that any policy decisions going forward in the area of short-selling regulations are the product of a highly deliberate review process," says Mary Schapiro, chairman of the SEC.

The SEC said the roundtable event will include self-regulatory organisations, exchanges and trading infrastructures, academics, and financial and investment industry representatives.

The roundtable will take place on May 5 at 10.00am EST at the regulator's Washington, DC offices, and will be webcast on the SEC website.

The agenda may be read here.

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