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FSA to extend short selling disclosure regime

The FSA is today proposing to extend the current disclosure regime for significant net short positions in the stocks of UK financial sector companies, due to expire on June 30.

The FSA says extending the regime will help reduce the potential for abusive behaviour and disorderly markets.

The FSA expects that, in the longer term, the requirements will be replaced by a broader short selling regime for all UK stocks.

As is the case at present, disclosures will only need to be made if a net short position exceeds 0.25 per cent of a company’s issued shared capital or increases by 0.1 per cent bands above that.

The consultation period on the FSA proposals will close on June 12 to enable any new measures to be put in place before the current regime expires.

FSA managing director of wholesale and markets Sally Dewar says: “Keeping the disclosure requirements will continue to enhance transparency and limit the potential for market abuse, while details of a long term regime for short selling are being drawn up. We remain committed to achieving an international consensus that is as wide as possible on our broader short selling regime.”


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