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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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There is definite potential in the partnership with Robert Earnshaw, especially with me coming short and laying the ball off and if I get the chance to get wide he is always in the box.
With the size of the supplementary budget coming short of expectations, we can't expect much of an economic recovery,'' he said.
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n Keeper Craig Samson came up trumps with a crucial save as the Buddies edged the shoot-out The gritty win Lennon's long wait to Hampden after coming short in the quarter-of the previous three competitions.
He has got great feet and is also capable of coming short and linking in the play which leads me to get in behind.
Lami announced that the Union will make a development course for 30 sports journalists to be selected by the Federation in Cairo, Egypt, in the coming short time.
More rain has been forecast for the grain belt, which would further delay planting in the world's largest exporter, dimming yield prospects with the planted area coming short of the 92.
Spinning away after coming short for a Wayne Bridge throw, he squeezed past Barry Ferguson and Gardner, the latter not connecting hard enough with an attempted tackle.
As we bear responsibility before Allah to keep everybody in the country secure and safe, it is our duty to firmly face this issue and find out those responsible, either government departments or individuals, contributing to this disaster and firmly punish them for coming short of their duty," the decree said.