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ECNs

Just because a stock is listed on the NYSE or the NASDAQ or the AMEX doesn't mean every share is bought and sold there. Mutual Funds do much of their trading among themselves and with other institutional investors directly through electronic computer networks (ECNs), the largest being Instinet.

Many investors trade 24 hours a day directly with each other through ECNs such as Island and Archipelago. These ECNs now handle over 35% of the NASDAQ trades.

Brokers will often route your order through a regional exchange such as the Boston or Cincinnati exchanges, who also charge a lower fee, or spread.

But no matter where your stock is physically traded, every transaction is reported to the big exchange, and the daily volume reflects every trade.

Other Stock Market Basics Topics:

  1. Stock Market Basics
  2. Why invest in the stock market?
  3. Why Sell Stock?
  4. How are shares bought and sold on the NASDAQ?
  5. How stocks are traded on the New York Stock Exchange
  6. What are ECNs?
  7. Supply and Demand
  8. American Stock Exchanges
  9. International Stock Exchange
  10. What fuels demand for a stock?
  11. More to Know About Stock Trading
  12. Limit Orders
  13. Market Capitalization
  14. Preferred Stock
  15. How to Buy Stock?
  16. How much money do you need to open a brokerage account?
  17. Money Market Funds
  18. Margin Loans and Investment
  19. Corporation Executive Pay
  20. How much money do you need to open a brokerage account?

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