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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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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.
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.
Rather short-sightedly the researchers lump together under one heading the diversity of the independent sector - internationally renowned boarding schools, small rural boarding schools, large urban independent day schools such as ourselves, small independent day schools catering for pupils with special needs.
industries also short-sightedly raised prices in the 1970s, just when competition from Japan and other industries was increasing.
Considering Keegan short-sightedly scrapped the reserve team during his last spell as manager and was accused of failing to pay proper attention to the development of home-grown players, it seems he has learned valuable lessons at Manchester City.
she added, peering short-sightedly in front of her.
It will certainly play well with those who short-sightedly regard the influx of citizens from former British colonies as a threat to the 'British' way of life rather than a welcome opportunity to enrich an already diverse culture.