DEFINITION of 'Direct Access Trading - DAT'

A system that allows a client to trade directly with another client, a market maker on Nasdaq, or a specialist on the floor of an exchange without broker interference.

BREAKING DOWN 'Direct Access Trading - DAT'

DAT is the preferred trading system for day traders, where success is dependent upon speed of execution. For the average investor, DAT is not necessary.

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    What's the main difference between a specialist and a market maker? Not much. Both the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) specialist ... Read Answer >>
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    Before we address this question, let's review what specialists do. Specialists are people on the trading floor of an exchange, ... Read Answer >>
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    The correct answer is d. A good example of an exchange using the specialist system is the NYSE. Each stock listed on the ... Read Answer >>
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    A broker is an intermediary who has a license to buy and sell securities on a client's behalf. Stockbrokers coordinate contracts ... Read Answer >>
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