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Turkey Curbs Short Selling After Bans in Greece, South Korea

Turkey moved to curb short sales and threatened “severe penalties” for stock manipulation, joining nations from Greece to South Korea in trying to stem bearish bets after the worst tumble in global shares since 2008.

The minimum cash or equity required to initiate a short sale on the Istanbul Stock Exchange was raised to 70 percent from 50 percent, according to an e-mailed statement from Turkey’s Capital Markets Board today. In a short sale, an investor borrows a security and sells it, expecting to profit from a decline by repurchasing it later at a lower price.