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One who has sold a contract to establish a market position and who has not yet closed out this position through an offsetting purchase; the opposite of a long position. Related: Long.

Short Position

The sale of a security or derivative, or the state of having sold one or the other. It is important to note that a short position is not closed, and is applied only to sales where further action may be required. For example, one who has borrowed securities and has then sold them is said to be have a short position with respect to that security, because he/she must eventually return an equivalent amount of the borrowed securities. Likewise, one who has sold (or written) an option is in a short position, because the option may be exercised at a later date. See also: Long position, Close a position.


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It seems that like all short-sightedly smart individuals, especially politicians, Abid Sher Ali was searching for a scapegoat to hide his inability to stop power theft and he found one in the people of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This study, adopting an ecological perspective on drought management, argues that the planning process has been short-sightedly concerned with drought-mitigation through relief, rather than with initiating long-term measures related to drought-proofing.
Tenants and sponsors who short-sightedly refuse to good faith negotiate a conversion plan end up losing money, time and the chance to profit financially and upgrade our aging housing stock.
The November outcome could have farreaching effects in Sonoma and serve as a model for other Bay Area counties in protecting their vanishing farm belt, a rich green heritage too often short-sightedly squandered.
The RPOF's action short-sightedly invites reciprocation by other parties in the future, and effectively threatens sitting judges at every level with political retribution each time they face a difficult or publicized case.
She added: "The Government short-sightedly scrapped regional development agencies, such as One North East, and have delivered a two-thirds cut to regional development funding even now that the Regional Growth Fund has eventually been put in place.
The way to control work permits is to have an annual limit, which the Government short-sightedly refuses to introduce.
We would be acting short-sightedly if we did not also take steps to rethink and make changes according to the demands of our situation and national interests.
However yesterday's white paper is short on detail, and what is not yet apparent is any long-term, joined-up strategic vision for developing the network, moving freight off the roads and improving services, including, we would hope, re-establishing the North-South Wales link that was broken so brutally and short-sightedly by Beeching.