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Stockbroker

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Broker

A person or firm that conducts transactions on behalf of a client. Some brokers only conduct transactions while others also offer different types of investment advisory services. Brokers derive their profit from commissions on orders given. That is, they usually collect a percentage of the value of each transaction, though some charge flat fees. Clients may give orders in a variety of ways. One may meet with a broker, call on the telephone, or give orders over the Internet. Brokers handle two main types of brokerage accounts: advisory accounts and discretionary accounts. Brokers are only allowed to conduct transactions on advisory accounts on the specific orders of the account holder, or under very specific instructions. On the other hand, they have much more leeway over discretionary accounts, conducting transactions not prohibited by the account holder in accordance with the holder's investment goals and the prudent man rule. In practice, most brokerage firms are in fact broker-dealer firms. Most brokers must register with the SEC.
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stockbroker

Wall Street Words: An A to Z Guide to Investment Terms for Today's Investor by David L. Scott. Copyright © 2003 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved. All rights reserved.

stockbroker

a business which acts as a market intermediary in bringing together buyers and sellers of financial securities such as STOCK, SHARES and BONDS. See STOCK MARKET, AGENT, TRADER/DEALER, STOCKBROKING.
Collins Dictionary of Business, 3rd ed. © 2002, 2005 C Pass, B Lowes, A Pendleton, L Chadwick, D O’Reilly and M Afferson

stockbroker

an agent who acts on behalf of clients in buying and selling FINANCIAL SECURITIES such as STOCKS, SHARES and BONDS in return for a commission. Some stockbrokers also act as ‘jobbers’, that is, they act as principals in ‘making a market’ in securities. See MARKET MAKER, STOCK EXCHANGE.
Collins Dictionary of Economics, 4th ed. © C. Pass, B. Lowes, L. Davies 2005