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Dutch Finance Minister Doubts Short Selling Restrictions

In a September 5 letter to lawmakers, the Dutch Finance Minister questioned recent bans on short selling financial stocks by four European Union countries in late August, saying he was “not particularly worried” about recent market volatility, which he said the restrictions would not quell.

Noting the “useful role” of short selling in the pricing and liquidity of shares, Minister Jan Kees de Jager cited the views of experts who doubt the ban’s effectiveness long-term, Dow Jones reported.

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