Speculative short-selling is the selling of shares with the specific intent of undermining their perceived value in the marketplace and then buying them back shortly for less than what they have been sold for only a week or two earlier.
This results in a quick profit and damages the market by distorting it in a quite unnatural manner.
If the scale of such practices is sufficiently great, the effect can even be damage to the stability of the national economy. Questions:
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