Define: Long Position

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Definition: Long Position



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Full Definition of Long Position


A long position in the stock market means that an investor has purchased a stock with the expectation that its price will rise. A long position is sometimes referred to as being “long the market.” Investors who are “bullish” about the market will take a long position, expecting higher prices in the future. The vast majority of investors take a long position in the market when they invest and investors who purchase for the long-term almost always take a long position. Investors who subscribe to the theory of “buying low and selling high” will take a long position. The opposite of a long position is a short position. Investors who are “short the market” sell stock (as opposed to buying stock) in the expectation of lower prices in the future.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Long Position are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

This glossary post was last updated: 10th February 2020.