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Glossary Definition
Short selling

Also known as "shorting" a way to profit from the decline in price of a security, such as stock or a bond, by selling a security one does not own but has only borrowed, whether through a loan or an option. However, the term "short selling" or "being short" is often used as a blanket term for all those strategies which allow an investor to gain from the decline in price of a security. Those strategies include buying options known as puts. What is many times labeled short selling is options or futures activity, since these highly-leveraged instruments greatly magnify the gain that can result from a securities price loss.