Traders Panic, Loonie Down From Germany’s Ban On Short Selling

The Canadian dollar lost ground today against some other popular traded world currencies, including the U.S. dollar, the euro and the Japanese yen, soon after the route of the German leaders to ban naked short selling, resulted in the risk sentiment to deteriorate and the investors to avoid the high risk assets.

In short sales the investors borrow the assets, counting on the future decrease of the prices. In naked short sales the borrowing of the actual assets doesn’t happen, creating opportunity for unlimited bets. The German leaders concluded the last practice is destroying the economy and deleted it in hopes to improve the overall economic affairs. The decision revealed exactly opposite results, causing the uncertainty and volatility in the markets and causing the traders to bail on German investments.

These economic conditions tends to draw the investors’ sentiment towards the less risky investments, causing the currencies tied to the growth to contract. The chances for the increasing interest rates waned as the volatility in the markets grew. The analysts say that the Canadian currency may fall to 1.0700 — 1.0750 per the U.S. dollar.

USD/CAD traded at 1.0427 as of 20:46 GMT today after it opened at 1.0389. EUR/CAD traded at about 1.2945 after opening at 1.2679. CAD/JPY traded near 87.96 down from the opening rate of 88.73.

Daniel