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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.

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In the Toys R Us auction, the quotation size was $2 million and the maximum bid-offer spread was 2 percent.
Experts define a market maker or liquidity provider as a company or an individual that quotes both a buy and a sell price in a financial instrument or commodity held in inventory, hoping to make a profit on the bid-offer spread, or turn.
The agreement is expected to lead a narrowing of Depa's bid-offer spread, lower volatility, larger trades, increased daily volumes, larger volumes being available to buyers and sellers, reduced transaction costs, and more efficient pricing.
This allows for expanded trading activity from participants, who are now able to trade without being forced to cross the bid-offer spread.
The bid-offer spread is wide at around $6.80-$7.50 per mmBtu, another source said.
Instead, they should either charge a clear fee or at least include a bid-offer spread depending on whether a client is buying or selling the currency concerned.
JCR also considers that its profits are more affected by FX leverage regulation and intensified competition for reductions in bid-offer spread than other large FX margin trade intermediaries because of the small earnings size.
The funds fall into S&P Fund Services' Index sector, a unique sector where the internal tracking error, total expense ratio and the bid-offer spread are examined.
Whilst PLUS gives us the national recognition and access to critical mass, the order driven systems used by investbx reduce the impact of market makers and removes the bid-offer spread.
Whilst PLUS gives us the national recognition and access to criticalmass, the order-driven systems used by Investbx reduce the impact of market makers and removes the bid-offer spread.
Figure 3 also illustrates the bid-offer spread, which is the difference between the lowest offer rate and the highest bid rate.
Clients can bet directly against each other with no bid-offer spread that characterises traditional operations.