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Glossary Term: SHORT POSITION

Definition(s) for SHORT POSITION:


1. ) a condition that occurs when a person sells stocks he or she does not yet own. Shares must be borrowed, before the sale, to make 'good delivery' to the buyer. Eventually, the shares must be bought back to close out the transaction. This technique is used when an investor believes the stock price will drop.

2. ) Stock options, or futures contracts sold short and not covered as of a particular date. On the NYSE, a tabulation is issued once a month listing all issues on the Exchange in which there was a short position of 5,000 or more shares and issues in which the short position had changed by 2,000 or more shares in the preceding month. Short position also means the total amount of stock an individual has sold short and has not covered, as of a particular date.

3. ) A position wherein a person's interest in a particular series of options is as a net writer (i.e., the number of contracts sold exceeds the number of contracts bought).

4. ) When a bank holding company or its consolidated subsidiaries sell an asset that they do not own, they have established a short position. If on the



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