What is a 'Quote Driven Market'

A quote driven market is an electronic stock exchange system in which prices are determined from bid and ask quotations made by market makers, dealers or specialists. In a quote driven market, also known as a price driven market, dealers fill orders from their own inventory or by matching them with other orders. A quote driven market is the opposite of an order driven market, which displays individual investors' bid and ask prices and the number of shares they want to trade.

BREAKING DOWN 'Quote Driven Market'

Order execution is not guaranteed in an order driven market, but it is guaranteed in a quote driven market because market makers are required to meet the bid and ask prices they quote. A quote driven market is more liquid but lacks transparency. A hybrid market combines the features of both quote driven and order driven markets. The NYSE and Nasdaq are both considered hybrid markets.

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