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Question (Relevant to the Series 7, Series 24, Series 55, Series 62, Series 65, and Series 66):
ABCD is an actively traded security with an inside market of 19.25 – 19.95. A market maker receives an order to sell 100 shares and buys the security from the customer at a net price of ______________. Choose the net price that makes the most sense given what you know about markups, markdowns, and net prices.
Correct Answer: A
Rationale: On a sell order in an active competitive market, the net price will contain a markdown from the best bid. In this case the only price that is lower than the best bid is the $18.75. The markdown amount is calculated by taking $19.25 – $18.75 = $.50. The markdown is $.50/$19.25 = 2.60%.
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