Lifetime Member of SG Wealth Builder enquired about the SGX short selling data. As such, I will share with readers on how to find this data in SGX website. Readers should find this data useful as it may provide important clues on the performances of a stock. From the SGX short selling data, investors may also know if short sellers are behind the volatility of a stock.Recently, a
Disclaimer for this article: SGX did not pay me to write this article nor am I promoting short selling. In addition, the information contained in this article is based entirely on my research obtained from content provided in SGX website. I do not have experience on SGX short selling.
Generally speaking, short selling helps to prevent the market from becoming over-exuberance. This is especially so during bull market when share prices get ahead of the business growth. Therefore, short selling allows for efficient market pricing and enables investors to hedge their portfolio. Although short selling has it merits, such activity may be disruptive to the market if it spirals out of control. Hence, Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and SGX publish information on SGX short selling activities so that there is transparency. In other words, the SGX short selling data will ensure a more “level playing” field among retail investors, who tend to take “long” positions on stocks.
Short selling refers to the sale of securities that the seller does not own at the time of the sale. Short selling may either be: ‘covered’ or ‘uncovered’ (also referred to as ‘naked’ short selling). In ‘covered’ short selling, at the time of the sale, the seller has borrowed the securities or has otherwise made arrangements to fulfil his obligation to deliver the securities. In ‘uncovered’ short selling, at the time of the sale, the seller is not in possession of securities or has not otherwise made arrangements to meet his delivery obligation.
Navigating SGX website to find SGX short selling data
To be frank, navigating the SGX website to find relevant data is always a challenge for me. This is because I find SGX website quite unintuitive to use. To find SGX short selling data, you need to go to www.sgx.com and click on the “Securities” tab at the top bar. Then, look for “Historical Data” under the “Price Information” column. At the web page, you can either download the Daily Short Sell Report or Weekly Short Sell Report.
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