Bridgewater unwinds European shorts, other speculators attack bans

By Jasper Cox
18 Mar 2020

Prominent short sellers have criticised European financial regulators’ clampdown on short selling as being counterproductive. Meanwhile, US hedge fund Bridgewater Associates has been unwinding its multibillion short positions in European stocks, after price falls across indices on the continent in recent days.

European regulators have become hostile to short sellers in the wake of market sell-offs. Italy, France, Spain, Belgium and Greece have all announced bans on the activity.

Last week, Bridgewater piled up short positions across dozens of European companies. Breakout Point, which analyses short positions, tallied up ...

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