On 19 June 2009, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) published a final report entitled Regulation of Short Selling which contains high level principles for the effective regulation of short selling.  

The four principles are:  

  • Short selling should be subject to appropriate controls to reduce or minimise the potential risks that could affect the orderly and efficient functioning and stability of financial markets.
  • Short selling should be subject to a reporting regime that provides timely information to the market or to market authorities.
  • Short selling should be subject to an effective compliance and enforcement system.
  • Short selling regulation should allow appropriate exceptions for certain types of transactions for efficient market functioning and development.  

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