Against the Box -- Short sale of a stock by a seller who is the owner of a Long Position in this very stock. The word box is used to denote the place where securities are kept in custody. Normally in a short sale the vendor does not hold the shares. However, in sale against the box, the seller is the owner of the shares, i.e. has a long position. The shares needed to cover the transaction may be borrowed from a broker. In against-the-box- dealings, the seller may not reveal his ownership of a long position; or it may not be possible to hand over the long shares in the desired time; or, before tax liabilities were diminished in the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, the seller may have been retaining his long position in order to avail of tax benefits relating to long-term capital gains.
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