third market

noun
Updated on: 13 Oct 2017

Definition of third market

: the over-the-counter market in listed securities

First Known Use of third market

1964


Financial Definition of THIRD MARKET

third market

What It Is

The third market is an over-the-counter (OTC) market in which brokers and large institutional investors trade exchange-listed securities between one another.

How It Works

The third market is an OTC venue in which brokers and institutional investors (e.g., insurance companies and mutual funds) trade securities listed and publicly traded on a registered exchange (e.g., NYSE or AMEX). Unlike most exchange trading, buyers and sellers in the third market trade with each other for the benefit of their own portfolios rather than in an agency capacity on clients' behalf.

Why It Matters

The third market brings together large investors willing and able to purchase and sell their own securities holdings for cash and immediate delivery. Securities can be purchased at lower prices in the third market because of the absence of broker's commissions.


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