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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Recent Examples on the Web Nearby Pedder Street, where 19th-century stockbrokers gathered to trade shares, has been a hotspot of anti-China protests since early summer. The Economist, "One company, two systems," 28 Nov. 2019 His father, John Walsh, was a stockbroker who counted among his clients Honey Fitz — John F. Fitzgerald, the maternal grandfather of President John F. Kennedy., "Robert F. Walsh, former BRA director and guiding force at Pine Street Inn, dies at 78 - The Boston Globe," 28 Oct. 2019 In pleading guilty, the former stockbroker agreed to five years of probation. Rafael Olmeda,, "Stockbroker fleeced elderly woman’s accounts and ran up credit card," 18 Nov. 2019 Mueller notes that companies were forbidden by law to purchase their own shares until President Ronald Reagan’s Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, a former stockbroker named John Shad, orchestrated a change in the regulations. Robert G. Kaiser, Washington Post, "Why are there more whistleblowers than ever? Because there’s more fraud.," 27 Sep. 2019 Ozbilgen’s death comes just days after the 29-year-old former stockbroker was released from jail after being held for 11 days on child pornography charges unrelated to the 25-year-old Parze’s death. Kc Baker,, "Missing N.J. Woman's Ex Who Sent Angry Texts the Night She Vanished Dies by Suicide," 22 Nov. 2019 The Department of Environmental Management, which inherited the lodge and the surrounding 1,825-acre nature preserve from stockbroker Theakston de Coppet, announced plans earlier this month to tear it down. USA TODAY, "Lynyrd Skynyrd, ‘Breaking Bad’ beer, cheetahs, record muskie: News from around our 50 states," 24 Oct. 2019 Mr Parnas is a former stockbroker with a trail of unpaid debts. The Economist, "Two of Rudy Giuliani’s friends in Ukraine are arrested and charged," 11 Oct. 2019 Parnas is a former stockbroker who, court records show, was threatened last year with eviction from a $5,500-per-month home in Boca Raton. Anthony Man,, "Who are the three South Florida businessmen tangled in Trump impeachment inquiry?," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of stockbroker

circa 1706, in the meaning defined above

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“Stockbroker.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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