Preborrow requirements on FNM, FRE, Primary dealers.

Discussion in 'Wall St. News' started by flytiger, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. Effectively, you can't rob the fifth St. branch of Washington Mutual, because it's been robbed too much. You can still rob all other banks and brokers

    13:01 FNM Fannie Mae and FRE lifting a bit as Paulson says will "Issue Order on 'Naked Short Selling' on GSEs" (8.23 -1.50) -Update-

    Cox is finished. He just came out and said NSS destroyed financial entities, and he then will allow it against the rest of the companies. That's why Washington is scared to death. And they have every right to be. This all could have been avoided if that cancerous boil known as the SEC moved in 2005 to stop BSC subprime.
  2. US = Socialist regime

    How about stopping naked shorts all together?
  3. July 15, 2008 1:33 p.m. EDT .

    SEC Curbs Shorting of GSE Stocks,
    Considers Limits for Wider Market
    July 15, 2008 1:33 p.m.

    WASHINGTON -- The Securities and Exchange Commission announced an emergency action aimed at reducing short-selling in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac stock, and will immediately begin considering new rules to extend those trading limits to the rest of the market.

    SEC Chairman Christopher Cox said at a Senate Banking Cmmittee hearing that the SEC would institute an emergency order requiring any traders to pre-borrow stock before shorting Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the embattled government-sponsored entities that own more than half the nation's mortgages.

    Mr. Cox said the SEC "will undertake a rulemaking to address the same issues" across the market.

    The move will likely limit short-selling for the two mortgage entities, which have seen their stock prices fall sharply in recent weeks. Wall Street has been calling for the SEC to address short-selling, which some believe is contributing to market volatility and could be used to manipulate shares of financial stocks.

    It comes as short-interest, or the amount of outstanding short positions, is at an all-time high for NYSE Euronext-listed stocks.

    Short-selling, a legitimate trading strategy geared to profit from falling stock prices, has long been a lightening rod issue, so changes that cover the entire market will likely be hotly debated. Companies have complained that short-sellers target their stocks with the purpose of driving them down, while short-sellers have been credited with identifying a company's true market value.

    Under current rules, a short-seller must locate shares to borrow, which are later replaced with stock bought at a lower price. Some market watchers have been concerned that traders were borrowing the same shares from the same lender over and over, and driving down stock prices.

    Under the emergency order, traders will be required to borrow the stock and the lender would then take it out of the market and not allow other traders to use it to satisfy requirements that they've located stock.

    Write to Kara Scannell at kara.scannell@wsj.com1

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  4. IB has a real time system for tracking stock available for shorting. Seems to me this already meets the SEC requirement. Comments?
  5. This is a joke right, who is doing all the shorting, grandma in her ira? If the hedge fund and IB's aren't making any money how are they gonna donate. Who is gonna be in charge of making sure each broker is really locating the stock. Maybe they can create a short locate czar complete with salary, bonus and a corner office.
    Taxpayers won't mind.