Short-selling data still falls short

Published Thu, Mar 13, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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WHEN it comes to short-selling disclosure in the stock market, the goal is to provide investors with a realistic and fairly accurate picture of how widespread the activity is and by extension a handle on the level of bearish sentiment either in individual stocks or the market as a whole.

To this end, Singapore Exchange (SGX) in March last year required trades which are short sales to be marked as such. The exchange then compiles this information in a report that is issued the following morning before the market opens.

As a follow-up to this marking of sell orders, the authorities last month proposed the implementation of aggregate position reporting and disclosure of significant individual short positions beyond a threshold that is yet to be determined.

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