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“Day Traders Selling Short will be Shot on Sight,” says the SEC

Day traders; this may sound a bit dramatic, but at the rate the SEC is going with the regulation of short sellers, this might become the next headline!

In my blog post yesterday, “SEC Adopts New Short-selling Rules,” I commented on the SEC’s latest move to regulate naked short-selling. Even though I agree on restricting this activity, I expressed my opposition to wining politicians wanting to ban ALL short-selling of financial companies like banks and insurers. Banning short-selling goes against the principles of free market economics, where supply and demand dictate the price of a commodity. It makes total sense for traders to want to sell stocks short of companies that are in trouble – and now, what a better bunch to sell the crap out of than the glutton banks and insurance companies that fattened their rear ends out of the latest real estate mega bubble?

Early this week, it seemed that the excess was beginning to get squeezed out of the market at full speed when stocks began to suffer severe losses; but then, what happened later in the week? Regulators stepped in with their sloppy, patch-up-the-holes mentality and began regulating the “evil” short sellers. Things got even more dramatic today when the shorting of 799 financial stocks was banned altogether.

In the MarketWatch article, “SEC bans short selling in 799 financial stocks,” SEC Chairman Christopher Cox is quoted saying,

“The emergency order temporarily banning short selling of financial stocks will restore equilibrium to markets. This action, which would not be necessary in a well-functioning market, is temporary in nature and part of the comprehensive set of steps being taken by the Federal Reserve, the Treasury and the Congress.”

That’s just too funny! With the phrase, “restore equilibrium,” the Chairman seems to imply that the market has to go up to be in balance. Nonsense! These financial stocks should suffer for their excessive greed. Why should they go up? The same holds true when he states that the short selling restrictions won’t be necessary in a “well-functioning market.” If it ain’t going up, something must be broken?!?!?

Fellow stock day trader, this is why I strongly suggest that you don’t day trade stocks. What for? The stock market is one of the most manipulated markets in the world with blatant favoritism for rising prices. The forex market is a much “cleaner” and “purer” market for day trading. I strongly suggested that you take our free, live day trading webinar and find out more.

But what about for “longer term” investments; “aren’t stocks the best asset class for that?” – you ask. I know that financial planners and stock brokers have been preaching this since the dinosaurs, but that’s all they know. It’s one of the big lies our society is founded on.

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