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May 4, 2021

Short Selling: 10 Recommendations for Improving the SEC’s Regulatory Framework

The recent trading frenzy in GameStop and other so-called “Reddit Rebellion” stocks has brought attention to longstanding deficiencies in the transparency framework, regulatory guardrails, and operational practices governing short selling in our securities markets.  It has also brought attention to the fact that both monitoring and enforcement of short-selling abuses remain challenging due to multiple factors, including deliberate flexibilities built into U.S. regulatory standards.

In this fact sheet, we recommend 10 regulatory enhancements that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must implement to improve transparency, increase market stability and efficiency, reduce operational risk, and prevent abusive trading and manipulation.  We continue to consider other recommendations relating to short selling and may update this fact sheet in the future.

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