Call Market


DEFINITION of 'Call Market'

A type of market in which each transaction takes place at predetermined intervals and where all of the bid and ask orders are aggregated and transacted at once. The exchange determines the market clearing price based on the number of bid and ask orders. A call market is contrasted to an auction market, where orders are filled as soon as a buyer/seller is found for any given order at an agreed upon price.


In a call market, the price is set by the exchange so the market will clear, or almost clear, every time orders are filled. This is in stark contrast to the auction market, where prices are determined by buyers and sellers.

Because the call market groups transactions together, there is a substantial increase in liquidity. Although liquidity is generally considered to be a good quality in any marketplace, sellers may lose some of the liquidity premium, which is can be substantial.

  1. Liquidity

    The degree to which an asset or security can be quickly bought ...
  2. Call Auction

    Where participants buy or sell units of a good. At a call auction, ...
  3. Auction Market

    A market in which buyers enter competitive bids and sellers enter ...
  4. Ask

    The price a seller is willing to accept for a security, also ...
  5. Liquidity Risk

    The risk stemming from the lack of marketability of an investment ...
  6. Bid

    1. An offer made by an investor, a trader or a dealer to buy ...
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