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English definition of “longs”

longs

noun [plural]
 
 
/lɒŋz/ FINANCE
(also long gilts, long-dated gilts, long-term gilts) UK government bonds that will be paid back more than 15 years in the future: Switching the debt into longer-term paper would boost the supply of longs and push down prices. LIFFE's futures contract for long gilts is one of the ten most heavily traded contracts in the world.
shares, bonds, etc. that an investor is keeping and planning to sell at a profit when the price rises: The stock moved up and down sharply as a tug-of-war game was played out between the shorts and the longs. → Compare shorts → See also long position
(Definition of longs from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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