Long position (or long exposure)

By | 2017-09-13T14:56:11+00:00 13th September 2017|

A ‘long position’ is the purchase of a security, commodity or financial instrument (for example, shares or bonds) in the belief that its price will rise, with the aim of making a gain from the increase. Conversely, a ‘short position’ is when an investor borrows a share or other financial instrument (for a fee) and then sells it. The investor does this in the expectation that the price will fall and the share or position can be bought back at a lower price later, thus making a profit. The investor then returns the borrowed shares.