Define: Market Maker

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Definition: Market Maker


Full Definition of Market Maker

market maker is a company, or an individual, which provides market liquidity buying and selling securities.

A market maker quotes both a buy and a sell price in a financial instrument, hoping to make a profit on the bid-offer spread, or turn.

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission defines a ‘“market maker’” as a firm that stands ready to buy and sell stock on a regular and continuous basis at a publicly quoted price.


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Definition Sources

Definitions for Market Maker are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

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

This glossary post was last updated: 22nd March 2020.