A trader is a person, firm, or entity in finance who buys and sells financial instruments, such as forex, cryptocurrencies, stocks, bonds, commodities, derivatives, and mutual funds in the capacity of agent, hedger, arbitrageur, or speculator.
Duties and types
The word "trader" appeared as early as 1863 in a universal dictionary as "trading man." Traders work for financial institutions as foreign exchange or securities dealers in the cash market and in the futures market, or for their own account as proprietary traders. They also include stock exchange traders, but not stockbrokers or lead brokers.
Traders buy and sell financial instruments traded in the stock markets, derivatives markets and commodity markets, comprising the stock exchanges, derivatives exchanges, and the commodities exchanges. Several categories and designations for diverse kinds of traders are found in finance, including:
- Bond trader
- Floor trader
- Hedge fund trader
- High-frequency trader
- Market maker
- Pattern day trader
- Principal trader
- Proprietary trader
- Rogue trader
- Stock trader
- Commodities exchange
- Commodity market
- Derivatives market
- List of commodity traders
- List of trading losses
- Stock exchange
- Stock market
- Trading strategy
- "Trader definition". Archived from the original on Jun 28, 2023.
- Verlagsbuchhandlung Pierer (Hrsg.), Pierer's Universal Lexikon der Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Band 17, 1863, S. 740
- Ulrich Becker, Lexikon Terminhandel: Finanz- und Rohstoff-Futures, 1994, S. 612 f.
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