October 2, 12 min read. Alas, The Wall Street Journal is not angry about the scandal of naked short selling. To the contrary, it devotes most of its editorial to tut-tutting the SEC for taking the mild step of requiring hedge funds to disclose their short positions. Might the world like to see which hedge funds are employing the strategy of illegal naked short selling — offloading huge chunks of stock that they do not possess — phantom stock — in order to drive down prices? No, nothing to see there, says the Journal. That is a mighty bold claim.
Naked Short Selling
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Naked short selling , or naked shorting , is the practice of short-selling a tradable asset of any kind without first borrowing the security or ensuring that the security can be borrowed, as is conventionally done in a short sale. When the seller does not obtain the shares within the required time frame, the result is known as a " failure to deliver " "FTD". The transaction generally remains open until the shares are acquired by the seller, or the seller's broker settles the trade. Short selling is used to anticipate a price fall, but exposes the seller to the risk of a price rise. In , the SEC banned what it called "abusive naked short selling"  in the United States, as well as some other jurisdictions, as a method of driving down share prices. Failing to deliver shares is legal under certain circumstances, and naked short selling is not per se illegal.
Naked short selling
Naked shorting is the illegal practice of short selling shares that have not been affirmatively determined to exist. Ordinarily, traders must borrow a stock, or determine that it can be borrowed, before they sell it short. So naked shorting refers to short pressure on a stock that may be larger than the tradable shares in the market.
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