Long Versus Short Positions. Shay Heffetz of InterTrader http://www.financial-spread-betting.com/intertrader/intertrader.html comments. Spread betting allows you to open both long and short positions – so how is it that most traders stick to the long side? Are traders optimistic by nature or they hate betting against companies’ prices going down in value? Is taking short positions riskier than long positions? Would you incur an extra borrowing fee for taking a short position? We actually don't see that - we see a more balanced approach - we see clients switching from long to short positions depending on the sentiment in the market.