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What is a Market Maker Anyways?

By KikoHaz | Knowledge is Power | 6 Jan 2023


 

Introduction

A market maker is a company with an inventory of shares of one or more stocks that are bought and sold for their own account in the pursuit of profits on price changes. Market makers buy and sell securities because they expect to be able to buy them back at a lower price, which would generate profits for them in selling the security at a higher price.

A market maker provides liquidity to the market by standing ready to buy and sell securities. Is a company that provides liquidity to the market by standing ready to buy and sell securities. It has an inventory of shares, which means it can quickly buy and sell when needed. Market makers provide liquidity by acting as intermediaries between buyers and sellers of stock in order to create orderly markets where buyers know they can always find someone willing to sell their shares at a price they're willing to pay.

An Example of a Market Maker

  • You're at a market, and you decide to buy some shares of Company A. The price of Company A is currently $10 per share, but there's another person selling them for $9.50—so you decide to buy some shares from that person for 10 cents less than the current price.
  • This transaction has two parts: buying at a lower price and selling at higher than current market value (10 cents less than $10). In this case, it's called "making money," because whoever is doing this will make more money when they sell off their investment later on!

How Market Makers Work

Market makers are not required to buy or sell at a particular price. Instead, they provide liquidity by standing ready to buy and sell securities in the market when customers place orders.

They are paid for their services with a fee known as a "bid/ask spread." The bid/ask spread is the difference between what buyers pay for an instrument and what sellers receive for it. This can be either positive or negative depending on whether there's an imbalance between supply and demand in that particular trading session.

Regulatory Framework

The regulatory framework of a market maker is determined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and National Futures Association.

Market Maker Rewards

Market makers are compensated for providing liquidity in the market. The exchange rate between two currencies is controlled by a market maker, who will earn a spread on this transaction. The trader that trades with the market maker can get rebated from the spread, or paid in commissions, swaps or other incentives.

Spread

A market maker's job is to provide liquidity in the market by buying and selling securities at their best bid and offer prices. If a stock's bid price is $100,000 per share and its ask price is $102,000 per share (the difference between the highest buyer’s willing-to-pay price for what you have bought and the lowest seller's willing-to-accept price for what you have sold), then this means that there are no buyers who can buy your stock at $102,000 or less than they pay themselves on any given day.

Similarly, if a stock’s ask price is $103 million but only sells 1 million shares at that amount each day—and thus has an effective bid/ask spread of 10 million/1 million = 100 million—then this means there are no sellers who would sell exactly one share of that security at any time during trading hours (or days).

A market maker is a company with an inventory of shares of one or more stocks that are bought and sold for their own account in the pursuit of profits on price changes.

an mmstands ready to buy and sell securities at quoted prices, as they would if they were acting as an investor themselves. The difference between what they pay you (for your shares) and what you paid for them (when you sell them) is their profit margin: if the price goes up by 1%, then so does their profit margin; conversely if there was no change in value or volume then no change occurred for either party involved.

Conclusion

Market makers are the gatekeepers in the financial markets. They facilitate trades by matching buyers and sellers, which results in better prices for everyone. Market makers are responsible for ensuring that their clients get the best possible price while they're trading.

This is a big job, and even though there are many rules that govern how market makers can conduct themselves, it's still important to be mindful of what you say when talking about them or referencing them at work (because they're very public figures). If you want to understand more about this topic, check out our article on what market makers do - it's really interesting!

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