What does it mean when stocks are referred to as “long” versus “short”?

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Posted by Cameron (MONEY FORUMS: 5, Answers: 0)
Asked on November 30, 2015 1:47 pm
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To "short" a stock means to sell it. To buy shares is to "long" a share. Long and buy can be interchangeabley used in conversation, however "long" is an ongoing verb to buy and then own vs. buy is the immediate action of acquiring the stock. Short shares the same relationship to the word "sell". Short typically implies liability is involved. Also, you do not have to currently own the stock to short the stock .
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