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Trade Execution

Dec. 8, 1999

When you call your broker to buy or sell a stock – or hit "enter" when placing an order through your online brokerage account – that's only the beginning of the transaction. Your broker's firm must then send your order to a market to be filled. This process of filling your order is known as "trade execution."

Where and how your order is executed can impact the overall costs of the transaction, including the price you pay for the stock. To learn the basics of trade execution – including order routing, payment-for-order-flow, and internalization – you should read Trade Execution: What Every Investor Should Know.

We have provided this information as a service to investors.  It is neither a legal interpretation nor a statement of SEC policy.  If you have questions concerning the meaning or application of a particular law or rule, please consult with an attorney who specializes in securities law.

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