short position


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short position

Describes the trading position of an investor who has sold a security that he does not yet own. An investor in a short position hopes to make a profit because he is expecting the price of the security to fall. See also short selling.
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Hedge funds had previously amassed short positions in Brent and WTI totalling 374 million barrels, the third-largest short position on record and only 19 million barrels below the maximum short position ever recorded
On Tuesday, December 18, the monetary authority published a circular amending the reserve requirement, funds that banks are required to leave deposited in the Central Bank, in the short position.
According to the new rule, which will be effective starting August 30, an investor who has an open short position that amounts to, or exceeds, 0.
The taxpayer believes that the stock price will drop in the near future and that the short position can be covered with less expensive shares.
In gasoline futures and options, hedge fund managers have actually established a net short position of 5 million barrels.
Money managers had never held a short position that large before, except for a brief period in March, when US crude stockpiles were rising fast and there were fears storage space would run out.