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The amount subtracted from the selling price of securities when they are sold to a dealer in the OTC market. Also, the discounted price of municipal bonds after the market has shown little interest in the issue at the original price.


1. The amount by which a seller reduces a price for a product or asset in order to make it desirable for buyers. See also: Markup.

2. The difference between the price a broker-dealer charges for a retailer to buy a security and the price at which the broker-dealer sells the same security to a market maker. This may or may not be considered a commission.


1. A decrease in a security price made by a dealer because of changing market conditions. For example, a bond trader may take a markdown in long-term bonds held in inventory when market interest rates rise. Compare markup.
2. The difference between the price paid by a dealer to a retail customer and the price at which the dealer can sell the same security to a market maker. Compare markup.


A markdown is the amount a broker-dealer earns on the sale of a fixed-income security and is the difference between the sales price and what the seller realizes on the sale.

The markdown may or may not appear in the commission column or be stated separately on a confirmation statement.

A markdown is determined, in part, by the demand for the security in the marketplace. A broker-dealer may charge a smaller markdown if the security can be resold at a favorable markup.

The term markdown also refers more generally to a reduced price on assets that a seller wants to unload and will sell at less than the original offering price.

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Multi-buys in the last week of November gave way to more conventional promotions and markdowns through the remainder of the Christmas period.
The response to a price markdown may be smaller, for example, if there was also a markdown in the previous week.
Podany knew it was time to address the markdown issue when its profits continued on a downward slope.
For example, they'll say, `We need 2 percent of our purchases for markdown money.
The regional department store retailer posted a sales and earnings decline last week, missing analysts' estimates, but the company stressed that the benefit of its markdown strategy would pay off sometime in 2001.