Broker


Broker

A broker is a party that arranges transactions between a buyer and a seller, and gets a commission when the deal is executed. A broker who also acts as a seller or as a buyer becomes a principal party to the deal. Distinguish agent: one who acts on behalf of a principal.[1]

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In general a broker is an independent agent used extensively in some industries. The prime responsibility of a broker is to bring sellers and buyers together. Therefore, a broker is the third -person facilitator between a buyer and a seller. An example would be a real estate broker who facilitates the sale of a property.[1]

Brokers also can furnish considerable market information regarding prices, products and market conditions. Brokers may represent either the seller (90 percent of the time) or the buyer (10 percent) but not both at the same time. An example would be a stockbroker, who makes the sale or purchase of securities on behalf of his client. Brokers play a huge role in the sale of stocks, bonds and other financial services.[1]

There are advantages to using a broker. First, they know their market and have already established relations with prospective accounts. Brokers have the tools and resources to reach the largest possible base of buyers. They then screen these potential buyers for revenue that would support the potential acquisition. An individual producer, on the other hand, especially one new in the market, probably will not have the same access to customers as a broker. Another benefit of using a broker is cost — they might be cheaper in smaller markets, with smaller accounts, or with a limited line of products.[1]

Etymology

The word "broker" derives from Anglo-Normandian brocour "small trader," of uncertain origin, but possibly from Old French brocheor "wine retailer," which comes from the verb brochier "to broach (a keg)."[2]

Types of brokers

See also

  • Brokerage firm

References

  1. ^ a b c d Spiro, Rosann L., William J. Stanton, and Gregory A. Rich. Management of a sales force . 12th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill/Irwin, 2003
  2. ^ Harper, Douglas. "broker". Online Etymology Dictionary. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=broker. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 

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