Why ban short selling?

Italy, France, Spain and Belgium banned short selling today. They want to calm the markets down, and they figure "the shorts," as they're called, are a disruptive influence! Heidi Moore posts on the reasons governments ban short selling, and muses on whether such bans are effective.

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