Upstream’s blockchain-powered market goes a step further with no short selling allowed

By Vanessa Malone

Conventional financial markets do not offer safeguards against short selling. On Upstream, a MERJ Exchange Market powered by blockchain technology, short selling is inherently not allowed.

We believe the technology powering Upstream’s investing app signifies the next phase of capital markets, driven by several compelling factors. Notably, the elimination of prevalent market manipulations like short selling stands out as a prominent feature, contributing to the development of a more equitable and transparent trading environment.

Recent actions by U.S. regulators suggest we are on the right track.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) recently implemented new rules for increased transparency in short selling. This marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to ensure market stability and fairness.¹

The move, first proposed in late 2021 and early 2022, aims to provide greater visibility into the intricate world of short selling, a practice that has long been a subject of debate and controversy.

The GameStop short squeeze that took place starting in January 2021 really brought the consequences of short selling into the spotlight. In true Main Street versus Wall Street fashion, the world witnessed Reddit community ‘wallstreetbets’ take a stand against Wall Street by pumping the stock prices of GameStop (GME) and various other stocks to counter Wall Street hedge funds that were “shorting” them. GME went from $17 in early January, 2021 to nearly $500 by late January, 2021.² This coordinated move driven by retail investors cost traditional Wall Street hedge funds billions of dollars.

The events surrounding the GME stock emphasized the importance of democratizing finance and leveling the playing field for investors of all levels.

The SEC’s recent rule adoption, under the leadership of Gary Gensler, is a proactive step to enhance transparency and market fairness. The new rules will mandate that investors report their short positions to the SEC, while companies lending out shares will need to report such activities to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). This level of disclosure will not only shed light on the dynamics of short selling but also enable regulators and the public to better understand market trends, especially during times of volatility.

Short selling, despite its proponents arguing its role in uncovering fraud and corporate misconduct, has often faced criticism for its potential to harm companies and destabilize markets. With short interest in the U.S. market currently standing at a staggering $927 billion according to the analytics firm S3 Partners, the need for comprehensive oversight has become increasingly imperative.³

The SEC’s new rules signify a positive step toward a more transparent market, but our team sees this as a stepping stone towards markets that remove the opportunity for market manipulations to occur, like Upstream.

It’s essential to highlight the significance of blockchain-powered infrastructures like Upstream in preventing practices such as short selling. Upstream’s decentralized and transparent nature ensures that market activities are conducted with integrity and accountability, mitigating the risks associated with speculative maneuvers that can adversely impact businesses and investors alike.

Upstream is an investor-driven marketplace with best bids and offers displayed and secured using Ethereum blockchain technology. Investors of all levels can buy, sell, and settle securities directly from the userfriendly trading app. Pricing to buy or sell a stock is determined by the individuals and the free market. There is no short selling, no naked short selling, and the public orderbook is available for all to see.

By leveraging blockchain technology, Upstream creates an ecosystem where all transactions are securely recorded and accessible, eliminating the opacity often associated with traditional financial markets. Through smart contracts and immutable ledgers, Upstream fosters a level playing field for all participants, fostering trust and confidence in the market.

With the SEC’s latest move toward transparency in short selling, it becomes increasingly apparent that a platform like Upstream is not just an alternative but a necessity in today’s evolving financial landscape. By prioritizing integrity and accountability, Upstream paves the way for a more equitable and sustainable market environment, safeguarding the interests of all stakeholders involved.

As we embrace these progressive changes in the regulatory framework, it is imperative for market participants to recognize the value of a robust infrastructure enforced not just by rules and regulation, but by design. Upstream stands as a testament to the potential of blockchain technology in revolutionizing the financial landscape, ensuring that market activities are conducted with utmost transparency and integrity.


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