Thursday, November 15, 2007

Prop desk

Term for traders who use a dealer firm's capital to try to make profit for the firm. This is different than traders who work to fill customer orders (sometimes called "trading the flow"). A prop trader acts more like a hedge fund, where as flow traders are really more like wholesalers who buy bonds, mark the up a little, and then sell them. Its possible that bond salespeople may use the prop desk's positions as inventory, but that is not its primary purpose.

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