DEFINITION of 'Price Transparency'

The accessibility of information on the order flow for a particular stock, allowing knowledge of the quantities of stock being offered and the bids at the various price levels.

BREAKING DOWN 'Price Transparency'

The Nasdaq II quote system provides information on all the bids and asks at various price levels for a particular stock. On the other hand, NYSE quotes display only the highest bid and lowest ask prices. Only the specialist has knowledge of the complete order flow for a stock.

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