Define: Short Position

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Definition: Short Position



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Full Definition of Short Position


The holder of a short position is bearish on the price of some asset, or expecting the price to fall. The opposite of a short position is a long position. An investor with a long position in an asset is expecting the price of that asset to rise. To have a short position in an asset can mean a few different things. To sell a futures contract is to have a short position in that contract’s asset. A short position in a stock usually means that the investor has sold borrowed shares with the intention of by repaying the borrowed shares later with others purchased later at a lower price, thus closing out the short position. Any portfolio position can be described as either a long or short position with respect to any asset.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Short 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: 5th February 2020.