Evening Up


DEFINITION of 'Evening Up'

A slang phrase used to describe an investor who closes a position by making an offsetting transaction. An investor will eliminate his or her exposure to a security's risk by evening up.

Also referred to as "even up."


Evening up in the equity market involves selling a stock that one currently holds, or buying to cover a short position. In the context of futures, one would even up by entering an opposite position in the contract.

An investor could tell his or her broker to "even up" a current position. Alternatively, one could say "I avoided the price drop by evening up early."

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