market value

noun
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of market value

:the price at which something can be sold :the price that buyers are willing to pay for something
  • determining the car's market value
  • The house sold below market value.

Word by Word Definitions

market play
  1. : a meeting together of people for the purpose of trade by private purchase and sale and usually not by auction

  2. : the people assembled at such a meeting

  3. : a public place where a market is held

  1. : to expose for sale in a market

  2. : sell

  3. : to deal in a market

value play
  1. : the monetary worth of something : market price

  2. : a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged

  3. : relative worth, utility, or importance

  1. : to consider or rate highly : prize, esteem

  2. : to estimate or assign the monetary worth of : appraise

  3. : to rate or scale in usefulness, importance, or general worth : evaluate


Financial Definition of MARKET VALUE

market value

What It Is

Market value refers to the current or most recently-quoted price for a market-traded security. It can also refer to the most probable price an asset, like a house, would fetch on the open market.

How It Works

The market value of an asset is determined by fluctuations in supply and demand. It should be noted that market value represents what someone is willing to pay for an asset -- not the value it is offered for or intrinsically worth.

For example, say a person is selling their house for $300,000. However, no one is willing to buy the home for more than $250,000. In this case, even though the house is being offered at a higher price, its market value is $250,000.

Why It Matters

One of the most important factors when purchasing a security is its market value. Many investors (especially value investors) pick securities or assets based on disconnects between market value and what they perceive the security is worth, hoping they might have uncovered a future star for a discount price.


Law Dictionary

market value

noun

legal Definition of market value

1 :the price at which a buyer is ready and willing to buy and a seller is ready and willing to sell

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