A New York Stock Exchange rule that governs the behavior of specialists. Negative obligation is the mandate of the specialists not trade for the specialist's firm's own account when enough public investor orders exist to match up naturally -- without intervention. An example of violating negative obligation is Trading Ahead. Also see positive obligation.
Nearby TermsNegative income tax Negative NPV tie-in project Negative obligation Negative Pledge Negative pledge clause
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