Italy announced it will ban short selling of stocks on it’s exchange for a week as Spain bans short selling for 3 months.
In a short sale, investors sell stock that they do not own, betting that they can buy it back at a lower price. The investor seeks a profit by betting that the price of certain shares will fall.
Short-selling of shares has been blamed for driving down markets during the financial crisis and several European regulators have in the past imposed temporary bans on the practice. Italy in February let expire a ban that had been imposed the previous summer.
So called news sites will claim things like, this is because “…the sovereign debt and banking crisis may be worse than expected.”
Let’s be clear about this. The bankers have engineered this scenario with their fake debt made up from derivatives and other fraudulent leveraged financial instruments so they can later come in as our ‘saviours’ to fix the problem and centralise power even more into fewer hands.