Bucket shop

Definition:

An illegal brokerage firm that accepts customer orders but does not attain immediate executions. A bucket shop broker promises the customer a certain price, but waits until a price discrepancy is present and the trade is advantageous to the firm and then keeps the difference as profit. Alternatively, the broker may never fill the customer's order but keep the money.

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An asset that has already been charged with the maximum amount of depreciation allowed by the IRS for accounting purposes.

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