NCUA Approves Request To Short-Sell Treasuries

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The NCUA Board approved a pilot investment program Thursday that will allow Bank Fund Staff FCU to sell Treasury securities. The program, approved in closed meeting, will allow the $2 billion credit union to bet on rising interest rates. With short selling, an investor sells securities he or she doesn't own, with an agreement to deliver the securities at a pre-arranged price. If interest rates go up, short-sellers in the Treasury market, will make money. Short-selling is a permitted activity under the Federal CU Act, but not under NCUA's rules and regulations. NCUA will be posting standards for the short-selling program on its website.

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