Dealer

Definition:

An entity that stands ready and willing to buy a security for its own account (at its bid price) or sell from its own account (at its ask price). Individual or firm acting as a principal in a securities transaction. Principals are market makers in securities, and thus trade for their own account and risk. Antithesis of broker. See: Agency.

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Noninsured plans

Defined benefit pension plans that are not guaranteed by life insurance products. Related: Insured plans.

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