This comprehensive examination of short selling, which is a bet on stocks declining in value, explores the ways that this strategy drives financial markets. Its focus on short selling by region, its consideration of the history and regulations of short selling, and its mixture of industry and academic perspectives clarify the uses of short selling and dispel notions of its destructive implications. With contributions from around the world, this volume sheds new light on the ways short selling uncovers market forces and can yield profitable trades.
- Combines academic and professional research on short selling in all major financial markets
- Emphasizes details about strategies, implementations, regulation, and tax advantages
- Chapters provide summaries for readers who want up-to-date maps of subject landscapes
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Chapter 1. Short Sales and Financial Innovation
1.2. Markets with Short Sales
1.3. Gains from Trade
1.4. Social Diversity, Volatility, and Default
1.5. Financial Innovation Creates Systemic Risks of Widespread Defaults
1.6. Introducing Graduated Reserves
1.7. Graduated Reserves Restore Stability and Prevent Default
Chapter 2. The Goldman Sachs Swaps Shop
2.2. “Weapons of Mass Financial Destruction”
2.3. Key Sources of Relevant U.S. Securities Law
2.4. SEC v. Goldman Sachs & Co., et al.—The Complaint
2.5. Vampyroteuthis Infernalis—Collateral Consequences
Chapter 3. Off-Shore Short Sales after Morrison
3.2. Goldman and Paulson Enter into a Marriage of Convenience
3.3. The Securities and Exchange Commission Charges Goldman and Tourre with Securities Fraud in Connection with ABACUS Structuring and Marketing
3.4. Climax: Dodd–Frank Affords the Securities and Exchange Commission Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
3.5. Conclusion—Tourre and His Cohorts Celebrate a Pyrrhic Victory
Chapter 4. Regulating Short Sales in the 21st Century
4.2. U.S. Short Sale Regulation Background
4.3. Current Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation of Short Selling Activity
Chapter 5. Evolution of Short Selling Regulations and Trading Practices
5.2. Literature Review
5.3. Historical Background on Short Selling
5.4. Short Selling and Financial Crisis
5.5. A Detailed Analysis of Short Selling in Recent Times
Chapter 6. Financing Techniques for Short Sel
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--Marco Rossi, Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund
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--Carsten S. Wehn, Head of Risk Modelling, DekaBank, Germany
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--Dieter Kaiser, Director of Investment Management, Feri Institutional Advisors GmbH
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--Christian Hoppe, Commerzbank AG, Frankfurt am Main