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MFA Statement on Short Selling Bans

Washington, DC – MFA President and CEO Bryan Corbett issued the following statement on short selling bans:

“Bans on short selling don’t work and are counterproductive. They increase market volatility, hurt price discovery, and will delay the regional banks’ recovery. There’s a robust academic record showing that past bans on short selling of banks harmed investors and failed to arrest falling stock prices. It would be regulatory malpractice to repeat these past mistakes.”


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The global hedge fund and alternative asset management industry, including hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, has assets under management of $4 trillion (Q4 2022). The industry serves thousands of public and private pension funds, charitable endowments, foundations, sovereign governments, and other global institutional investors by providing portfolio diversification and risk-adjusted returns to help meet their funding obligations and return targets.

About the Managed Funds Association

Managed Funds Association (MFA), based in Washington, DC, New York, and Brussels, represents the global alternative asset management industry. MFA’s mission is to advance the ability of alternative asset managers to raise capital, invest, and generate returns for their beneficiaries. MFA advocates on behalf of its membership and convenes stakeholders to address global regulatory, operational, and business issues. MFA has more than 170 member firms, including traditional hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, that collectively manage nearly $2.2 trillion across a diverse group of investment strategies. Member firms help pension plans, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns over time.

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