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agency broker

agency broker  

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(UK).A type of broker in the UK market who undertakes to carry out transactions for a commission on behalf of clients with market-makers (cf. broker-dealer).
alpha share

alpha share  

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Defunct categorization of ordinary shares on the London Stock Exchange used between 1986 and 1991 for the most actively traded stocks. Listed stocks were divided into alpha, beta, gamma, and ...
alpha stocks

alpha stocks  

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The most actively traded securities in the Stock Exchange Automated Quotations System (SEAQ); it was a measure of market liquidity used by the London Stock Exchange from October 1986 until January ...
auction

auction  

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A method of selling in which goods, securities, rights, etc., are sold in public to the highest bidder. In an English auction the potential buyers make bids and the highest bid is accepted. In a ...
auction market

auction market  

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A financial market where all transactions take place in a given location (cf. floor; pit). Organized exchanges are auction markets. It involves a system of trading securities through brokers, agents ...
backing away

backing away  

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The failure of a market maker in a particular security to fulfil a bid for the minimum quantity. This is considered unethical conduct. See making a price. See also going ahead.
backward price

backward price  

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(UK).A situation in which a market-maker's two-way prices are out-of-line such that an immediate profit could be made by buying and selling simultaneously, that is the best bid is ...
best efforts basis

best efforts basis  

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1 A method of securities distribution often seen in the new issues markets where the managers or the market-maker will sell an issue, or block of securities, on the basis ...
best execution rule

best execution rule  

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(UK).On the London Stock Exchange a broker-dealer who is not a market-maker in a particular security is only allowed to trade in it as a principal if the broker-dealer ...
bid price

bid price  

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The price or (interest) rate at which assets or securities are purchased (cf. offer price). See bid.
blue screen

blue screen  

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(UK).The situation where market-makers on the London market are marking their prices up or leaving them the same (cf. red screen).
book

book  

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1 The totality of the purchases and sales that make up a trader's position. The terms long book, short book, and open book are used synonymously with long position, short position, and open position. ...
bought deal

bought deal  

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1 A method of raising capital for acquisitions or other purposes, used by listed companies as an alternative to a rights issue or placing. The company invites market makers or banks to bid for new ...
broker

broker  

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A person or company who does not trade as a principal, but puts buyers and sellers in touch with one another. Stockbrokers do this for stocks and shares, commodity brokers for commodities, insurance ...
bucket trading

bucket trading  

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(USA).A type of illegal trading activity in the futures markets where a broker and a market-maker (known as the bagman) conspire to make profits at the expense of public market orders.[...]
Bulletin Board

Bulletin Board  

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(Equities; UK).Trial method used on the London Stock Exchange in 1992 for thinly traded ordinary shares in very small companies which had only one market-maker. Prices at which transactions ...
buy the book

buy the book  

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(USA).An instruction to a broker to purchase all available securities from market-makers at the current market price. It is an attempt by a block buyer to minimize the effect of market impact.[...]
capacity

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The separation of the functions of jobber or market-maker and broker or agent is termed single capacity. A single entity fulfilling both roles of agent and principal is said to be dual capacity. See ...
capital commitments

capital commitments  

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1 Agreed but not disbursed expenditures on capital assets.2 (USA) The funds invested by market-makers in securities held in inventory in which they make markets.
checking the market

checking the market  

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(USA).A process of sounding out different market-makers as to their quotes (cf. picture; real market).

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