Short in trading terms means you are bearish on that coin and expect the prices to go down in near future.
When you go short on any coin, you sell that coin to buy it later at a lower price. This is usually done in the derivatives segment of cryptocurrency trading.
This means, if you expect the prices of Bitcoin to go down from current levels, you sell BTCUSDT trading pair in future segment of the crypto exchange and then buy it later at a lower price
Like selling at $18800 and then buying at $17500.
This concept of selling now to buy later is difficult to do in spot market. There you can only sell to move out of the coin and then enter back at lower price. But you don’t monetary benefit of this price drop. That part is only possible in derivatives (futures and options) segment.« Back to Glossary Index