Broker (Stockbroker)

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Definition: Broker (Stockbroker)


Quick Summary of Broker (Stockbroker)


Member of a stock exchange who arranges purchase and sale of shares and may also provide an information service giving buy/sell/hold recommendations.



Full Definition of Broker (Stockbroker)


A stockbroker or stockbroker or stock brokerage is someone or a firm who performs transactions in financial instruments on a stock market as an agent of his/her/its clients who are unable or unwilling to trade for themselves.

Stockbrokers also sometimes or exclusively trade on their own behalf, as a principal, speculating that a share or other financial instrument will increase or reduce in price. In such cases, the term broker makes little sense and the individuals or firms trading in a principal capacity sometimes call themselves stock traders or simply traders.

The following is the case in the UK, other jurisdictions are thought to have similar rules.

When acting as an agent, the stockbroker charges the client a flat fee and/or a percentage-based commission for undertaking the trade and the price quoted the client must be the best price available in the market.

When acting as a principal, the trade could be with another market participant or one of the stockbroker’s clients. When trading in a principal capacity with a client the broker is obliged to inform the client and no commission is charged.

Since the 1980s stockbroking firms have also been allowed to be market makers as long as the appropriate Chinese walls are put in place.

With the advent of automated stockbroking systems on the Internet, the client often has no personal contact with his/her stockbroking firm. The stockbroker’s system performs all the stockbroking functions: it obtains the best price from the market and executes and settles the trade


Examples of Broker (Stockbroker) in a sentence


The beneficiary spoke to his broker for solid advice about investing in the stock market.
There was simply no evidence that the broker conspiring with the fraudulent vendor.
It’s prudent to ask for investment advice from a stockbroker.
My stockbroker manages the portfolio on my behalf.
The stockbroker has allocated the funds to manufacturing stock.
The dealer is now a stockbroker.
Last Autumn, he resigned from his 10-year career as a London stockbroker and he now lives in Spain.
At any time, Investors can trade shares of a listed company through a stockbroker.
He grew up in the comfort of the London stockbroker belt.
In 1989 he left the textiles business in search of larger fortunes and set up as a stockbroker in Manchester.
Before investing, you should consider consulting a good accountant, stockbroker or another professional adviser.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Broker (Stockbroker) are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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