Short selling is an integral part of a carefully regulated, well-functioning market. Regulators have long recognized the vital role short selling plays in helping markets to function efficiently. The current EU framework gives regulators the authority to effectively monitor short positions in the market. MFA seeks to improve compliance requirements associated with EU short selling laws to provide better information to regulators and ease the burden on market participants.

Short selling, particularly with our robust regulatory framework remains vital so that investors can manage risks better and markets can factor in the broadest possible views about a particular stock, bond, or index – reducing the likelihood of bubbles forming. Short selling allows investors to express their view that an asset is overvalued, which contributes to price discovery. The more efficient a market is at determining prices, the better it will function for investors. When long buyers and short sellers counterbalance each other, prices are more likely to reflect the actual value of the assets. Policies that seek to reduce or eliminate short selling skew this balance and decreases market liquidity and efficiency.