Market Order

Market Order

A market order is an order to buy or sell a stock at the best available price.  Generally, this type of order will be executed immediately.  However, the price at which a market order will be executed is not guaranteed.  It is important for investors to remember that the last-traded price is not necessarily the price at which a market order will be executed.  In fast-moving markets, the price at which a market order will execute often deviates from the last-traded price or “real time” quote.

To understand where and how an order you place with your broker is executed, you should read Trade Execution: What Every Investor Should Know.  For more information on the different types of orders you can place when you buy or sell a stock, please read our investor bulletin “Trading Basics”.

 

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