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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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This year's short-list sees four nominees coming from Ireland in the form of Kevin O'Brien, George Dockrell, Ed Joyce and Paul Stirling, while Dawlat Zadran of Afghanistan makes up the group.
The nominations group - made up of chief executive Brian Barwick, international committee chairman Noel White, Premier League chairman Dave Richards and FA board member David Dein - have chosen the short-list.
The full short-list is includes Stasiland (Anna Funder / Granta); Into the Silent Land (Paul Broks / Atlantic); Mountains of the Mind (Robert Macfarlane / Granta); Brick Lane (Monica Ali / Doubleday); Vernon God Little (DBC Pierre / Faber).
They froze the selection process in nine seats selecting from all-female short-lists.
England's future was also well represented in the short-list for the Young Player of the Year award, which included Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough) and Shaun Wright-Phillips (Manchester City), as well as Dutchman Arjen Robben (Chelsea) and United's Portuguese winger Cristiano Ronaldo
The former Ireland striker was not thought to have been on the short-list that was drawn up by Hamilton - the FAI's special advisor - and the three-man selection committee.
This in turn was broken down into a short-list by a separate 25-person voting academy.
A GREEN energy project and improvements to one of the area's key transport routes are among the Tees Valley scheme on the short-list to win top awards.
The Twenty20 International Performance of the year sees two Pakistan players in the short-list, Shahid Afridi and Umar Gul, who are joined by West Indies' Chris Gayle and Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan.
A Birmingham Labour MP has demanded a rethink of selection rules which gave grass-roots members a short-list of one candidate for a council by-election.
The former Reading player-manager was on a short-list of six and he won the job ahead of former Wimbledon striker Steve Cotterill, who is manager of Conference League Cheltenham Town.
SKY BLUES managing director Paul Fletcher has revealed the club has finished drawing up its short-list for the vacant manager's job at the Ricoh Arena.