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Brokerage Firm

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brokerage firms, also known as broker-dealers, are licensed by the securities and exchange commission (SEC) to buy and sell securities for clients and for their own accounts. When a brokerage firm sells securities it owns, it is said to be acting as a principal in that transaction.Firms frequently maintain research departments for their own and their clients' benefit. They may also provide a range of financial products and services, including financial planning, asset management, and educational programs.brokerage firms come in all sizes, from one- or two-person offices to huge firms with offices around the world. They are sometimes differentialed as full-service or discount firms, based on pricing structure and client relationships.Some brokerage firms exist entirely online, and nearly all firms offer you the option of placing orders electronically rather than over the telephone. In most cases, trading electronically is substantially less expensive than giving buy and sell orders by phone.

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Netting

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Netting is a process the national securities clearing corporation (NSCC) uses to streamline securities transactions.To net, the NSCC compares all the buy and sell orders for each individual security and matches purchases by clients of one brokerage firm with corresponding sales by other clients of the firm. Those orders can be finalized internally by adjusting the firm's books to reflect changes in ownership.The small percentage of trades that aren't netted require firms with net short positions, whose clients sold more than they purchased, to deliver the required securities to the NSCC, or more precisely have them debited from their Depository Trust Corporation (DTC) custodial account for delivery to the NSCC. The NSCC credits those shares to the firms with a net long position, whose clients purchased more shares than they sold.In the final step, the DTC nets the total costs of buying and selling throughout the trading day to limit the amount of money that must be exchanged among firms. Firms with a net debit wire payment to the DTC, and firms with a net credit receive funds.

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