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Bid-Ask Spread

On an exchange, the difference between the highest price a buyer of a security or other asset is willing to pay and the lowest price a seller is willing to offer. Generally speaking, the more liquid an asset is, the lower the bid-ask spread is. As a result, currency, which is considered the most liquid asset, has an extremely low bid-ask spread.

bid-ask spread

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First, we concentrate on the bid-ask spread and base our analysis on a data set including the first five levels of the order book; this allows us to examine transaction costs also for large trades that walk up the book.
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Jason Kabel, head of fixed income at Bank of London and the Middle East, said, "I would expect a bid-ask spread of roughly 25 bps, providing the issue is large enough to ensure sufficient liquidity.
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