stock·​bro·​ker | \ ˈstäk-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce stockbroker (audio) \

Definition of stockbroker

: a broker who executes orders to buy and sell securities and often also acts as a security dealer

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stockbrokerage \ ˈstäk-​ˌbrō-​k(ə-​)rij How to pronounce stockbrokerage (audio) \ noun
stockbroking \ ˈstäk-​ˌbrō-​kiŋ How to pronounce stockbroking (audio) \ noun

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The film is based on the memoir of a stockbroker who defrauded investors out of millions of dollars in the 1980s. Shashank Bengali,, "The global financial scandal that has spread from Malaysia to Hollywood," 10 July 2019 Her first two marriages — to David Evins, who later became a noted shoe designer for first ladies, and to Ellis A. Gimbel Jr., a stockbroker whose family owned Gimbel’s department store — ended in divorce. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Maida Heatter, prolific cookbook author who was dubbed the Queen of Cake, dies at 102," 7 June 2019 Its original name — Sell in May and go away until St. Leger Day — came from U.K. stockbrokers traditionally taking summers off until a famous September horserace (the St. Leger Stakes). Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Want to save more in your 401(k) retirement plan? Ditch these stock market myths," 23 June 2019 Born and raised in New Jersey, Tauscher was a stockbroker and investment banker at a time when women were rare on Wall Street. John Wildermuth,, "Former Rep. Ellen Tauscher recalled as dedicated public servant and good friend," 6 June 2019 Its founders were Bobby Jones, the amateur golfing champion, and Clifford Roberts, a Wall Street stockbroker. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "Inside the Cultish Dreamworld of Augusta National," 14 June 2019 The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld Securities and Exchange Commission efforts to sanction stockbrokers for disseminating false statements to clients. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Sides With SEC in Broker False Statements Case," 27 Mar. 2019 Radziwill, the younger sister of former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis—and once one half of the most famous pair of sisters in the world—was born Caroline Lee Bouvier to stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Lee Bouvier. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Lee Radziwill Is Dead at 85," 16 Feb. 2019 Such an arrangement harks back to the era when exchanges were owned by their members, typically stockbrokers. Alexander Osipovich, WSJ, "Wall Street Firms Plan New Exchange to Challenge NYSE, Nasdaq," 7 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of stockbroker

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

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Financial Definition of stockbroker

What It Is

A stockbroker is a person or a company that acts as an intermediary between buyers and sellers of stocks.

How It Works

Stockbrokers are often paid a commission, which is a percentage of the customer's purchase or sale price, though some receive a flat fee per transaction or a mix of the two.

Stockbrokers must have Series 7 and Series 63 licenses; other licenses are often required for specific types of brokers. For example, some stockbrokers must also obtain a Series 3 license if they want to trade certain financial products such as futures and commodities. To obtain a Series 7 license, the applicant must pass the Series 7 exam (also called the Qualification Examination for General Securities Representative), which primarily covers the seven critical functions performed by registered representatives: seek business for the broker/dealer, evaluate customer needs and objectives, advise clients, manage customer accounts and account records, explain the securities markets and the factors that affect them, execute orders for clients and monitor client portfolios. The National Association of Securities Dealers administers the test.

There are many other types of brokers in the financial world. For example, a commodities broker specializes in trading commodities, a floor broker handles orders on the floor of a stock or commodities exchange and a full-service broker offers brokerage services and sells other financial products such as insurance, tax planning or research conducted by other members of the brokerage firm. A discount broker essentially executes trades on behalf of customers and does little else. Brokers are not the same as research analysts, who analyze and make recommendations about certain stocks.

Why It Matters

Stockbrokers are some of the most important people in any market because they bring buyers and sellers together and thus create liquidity and efficiency in the market.

However, stockbroker commissions eat into returns, so investors should shop for a stockbroker that provides an appropriate level of service. For instance, the extra cost of a full-service broker may be worth it for people who don't have the knowledge or inclination to stay on top of complicated investing or financial planning. Likewise, new investors or those with complex portfolios might find more comfort in full-service brokers. Investors who hold their investments for a long time are usually less bothered by higher trading commissions because they don't trade that often.

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English Language Learners Definition of stockbroker

: someone whose job is to buy and sell shares of stock for other people


stock·​bro·​ker | \ ˈstäk-ˌbrō-kər How to pronounce stockbroker (audio) \

Kids Definition of stockbroker

: a person who handles orders to buy and sell stocks

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