Basically, short selling means that investors sell a share without first having it. Short selling is a technique used by investors to profit from the falling price of an overpriced market.
In Bursa Malaysia, short selling is regulated under Regulated Short Selling (RSS) and Securities Borrowing and Lending (SBL) guidelines, which introduced to the market on 3rd January 2007. Prior to 2006, short selling was banned for about 8 years.
RSS means that investors sell a share without first having it, but they have to borrow it from the Central Lending Agency (CLA). CLA is an agency managed by Bursa Clearing where all lending and borrowing are taking place. Investors don’t deal directly with the CLA, but they have to go through the approved Participating Organisation (PO) or investment bank.
For those who have excess shares, you may lend it to the CLA and earn some fees.
1. How to participate in RSS?