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Philippine Stock Exchange CEO Ramon Monzon says that without short-selling, the bourse is a "long only" market with limited appeal to foreign investors. (Photos by Jilson Tiu)
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Philippine Stock Exchange pushes short-selling to lure hedge funds

Bourse chief Ramon Monzon says foreign investors want ways to manage risk

CLIFF VENZON, Nikkei staff writer | Philippines

MANILA -- When an army of online traders decided in 2021 to take on Wall Street hedge funds that had shorted shares of U.S. video game retailer GameStop, a man in Manila was monitoring the mayhem that followed: Philippine Stock Exchange chief executive Ramon Monzon.

Monzon is pushing to launch short-selling in the Philippine stock market to attract foreign money, but local regulators had raised several concerns, including fears of the wild price swings that were seen in the GameStop frenzy.

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