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TJX announces strong sales, dividend hike

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Can anything stop NVIDIA?

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Short definition

Shorts, short trading, or short selling are all ways of describing a process where a trader tries to profit from an expected fall in the price of a security. Depending on the asset class involved, short trading may be complicated. In equities, short trading requires a securities lending agreement, and the borrowing and returning of shares, whereas in options or the forex market short selling is as simple as entering a long trade.

 

Short selling in equities

For FX, options contracts or certain over derivatives, short selling is extremely simple and involves taking the other side of a trade. For equities however short selling requires a more complex procedure.

 

When short selling stocks, investors borrow shares at the prevailing market price, hoping to replace the borrowed shares with new ones bought in the future at a lower price. If this does not happen, when the loan expires, they are forced to either renew the loan of shares (which costs a premium and requires a deposit) or liquidate the position. If the trade goes well, they can simply return the borrowed shares with new ones and profit the difference between the purchase price and the borrowed price.

 

When investors discuss short selling, they are normally talking about the above process with equity holdings. To short sell options, investors can simply ‘write’ or sell a call option or buy a put option. In spot FX trading each short trade is necessarily a long position in the other currency, so there is no formal process for short selling.

 

Equity markets require the holders of short positions to declare them and given the (theoretically) unlimited risk in an upwards movement, significant short holdings in a stock are normally viewed as a very negative sign for that company by the broader market. Short selling is a common tactic for long / short equity hedge funds and activist investors.

 

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