Stockbroker

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Stockbroker'

1. An agent that charges a fee or commission for executing buy and sell orders submitted by an investor.

2. The firm that acts as an agent for a customer, charging the customer a commission for its services.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Stockbroker'

It used to be that only the wealthy could afford a broker and have access to the stock market. With the internet came the explosion of discount brokers that let you trade at a smaller fee, but don't provide personalized advice. Because of discount brokers, nearly anybody can afford to invest in the market now.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Commission

    A service charge assessed by a broker or investment advisor in ...
  2. Front Running

    The unethical practice of a broker trading an equity based on ...
  3. Analyst

    A financial professional who has expertise in evaluating investments ...
  4. Discount Broker

    A stockbroker who carries out buy and sell orders at a reduced ...
  5. Broker

    1. An individual or firm that charges a fee or commission for ...
  6. Agent

    1. An individual or firm that places securities transactions ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How are asset management firms regulated?

    In principle, the asset management industry is largely governed by two bodies: the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What is a typical day in the life of a stockbroker, from start to finish?

    One of the great attractions for many that become stockbrokers, is that there is no such thing as a typical day. In fact, ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. There are so many stockbrokers out there. How do I go about choosing the best one ...

    If you decide that you have the knowledge and experience to take on stock investing, or if you feel you would like to give ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. What are the requirements for being a Public Limited Company?

    The requirements for an entity to be considered a public limited company (PLC) include registration requirements, establishing ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. How do I place an order to buy or sell shares?

    It is easy to get started buying and selling stocks, especially with the advancements in online trading since the turn of ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Is there a difference between financial spread betting and arbitrage?

    Financial spread betting is a type of speculation that involves a highly leveraged derivative product, whereas arbitrage ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Professionals

    Banker Or Broker: Which Career Is Right For You?

    Bankers and stock brokers may share similar traits, but there are many differences between the two professions.
  2. Investing Basics

    Top 4 Most Scandalous Insider Trading Debacles

    Here we look at some of the landmark incidents of insider trading.
  3. Options & Futures

    Broker Or Trader: Which Career Is Right For You?

    A day in the life of a broker or trader is an exciting and varied one. Find out how to decide between these two financial professions.
  4. Professionals

    Financial Careers According To Hollywood

    Find out if classic films about Wall Street reflect what it's actually like to work there.
  5. Professionals

    Making It Big On Wall Street

    Read about some of the most glamorous Wall Street jobs and what it takes to land one.
  6. Personal Finance

    4 Dishonest Broker Tactics And How To Avoid Them

    Protecting yourself from unscrupulous practices means knowing how to spot them.
  7. Retirement

    Choosing A Compatible Broker

    We go over the factors that determine different investing personalities, and the services that best suit them.
  8. Options & Futures

    Tips For Resolving Disputes With Your Financial Advisor

    Before you blame your advisor for your losses, be sure you know your rights and responsibilities.
  9. Professionals

    Swim With The Sharks As A Stockbroker

    This job takes guts, hard work and a predator's instincts. Do you have what it takes?
  10. Options & Futures

    Brokers and Online Trading

    How do you find the right broker for your investment needs? Start by reading our broker tutorial.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Nuncupative Will

    A verbal will that must have two witnesses and can only deal with the distribution of personal property. A nuncupative will ...
  2. OsMA

    An abbreviation for Oscillator - Moving Average. OsMA is used in technical analysis to represent the variance between an ...
  3. Investopedia

    One of the best-known sources of financial information on the internet. Investopedia is a resource for investors, consumers ...
  4. Unfair Claims Practice

    The improper avoidance of a claim by an insurer or an attempt to reduce the size of the claim. By engaging in unfair claims ...
  5. Killer Bees

    An individual or firm that helps a company fend off a takeover attempt. A killer bee uses defensive strategies to keep an ...
  6. Sin Tax

    A state-sponsored tax that is added to products or services that are seen as vices, such as alcohol, tobacco and gambling. ...
Trading Center
×

You are using adblocking software

Want access to all of Investopedia? Add us to your “whitelist”
so you'll never miss a feature!