Monday, 5 January 2009

FSA in mercy killing of UK bank shareholders


Well, that could be one view of the FSA's decision to allow the banning of short selling UK financial shares to lapse on 16th January.


I don't subscribe to the view that it was shorting that caused the bank share prices all their pain; it was their dodgy balance sheets.

Sadly, these are not improving very fast and so the situation remains that shorting may re-commence with a vengeance.


Perhaps the one chink of light for the Bank Shareholders is that the Hedgies are a bit shorter of ammo than they used to be.


In reality, let us hope that the FSA and the Treasury are speaking about this; there will need to be some sort of shoring up announcement from the Government to help support their own shareholding position. I expect that to be announcing some guarantees for future, erm, non-dodgy?, loans made by the banks. As an outlier there is the chance a 'bad bank' (AKA Northern Wreck) will be created to stiff taxpayers for generations to come.


Either way, if the Government announces nothing expect a wild times in financial shares from mid-Jan...

12 comments:

AntiCitizenOne said...

Shorting STOPS share prices from falling.

Shorters "catch the falling knife".

Steven_L said...

Yeah, well Gordo has finished his mega-rights issue now.

This ban was never about saving the banks, it was all about scapegoating and the fact the government couldn't bear the idea of people making a few bob from their 'rescue'.

marksany said...

I'm not scared about my RBS shares being shorted. They're worth fuck all already.

Letters From A Tory said...

Isn't it possible that reintroducing short-selling might save a few jobs as well?

CityUnslicker said...

my rbs shares are, gulp, 75 percent down. Ouch.

you all seem to think i am against shorting. I am not as it works to keep markets functioning.

However, the market for bank shares is a false one. They are really government owned, t

CityUnslicker said...

and the banks may well be technically insolvent now or very soon.the scene is set for a soros moment in the markets me thinks.

Anyone agree!

Anonymous said...

simple lesson that will not be learned...dont lie to the markets, they will find you out, just as Crash Gordon.

Elby the Beserk said...

Mildly off topic, but ...

We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to resign due to gross financial incompetence in running the British economy.

Submitted by Alex Wallace – Deadline to sign up by: 15 January 2009 – Signatures: 592

http://petitions.number10.gov.uk/Fianance

James Higham said...

The dodgy balance sheets have no connection to shorting?

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