Short position

Definition:

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.

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Relative yield

Often refers to a yield on a security relative to the yield on a benchmark security (i.e. a ratio). It is more common to consider a yield spread which is just the difference in two yields.

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