bid-ask spread

The bid-ask spread is the difference between the bid and the ask price in a stock trade. For actively traded liquid assets the bid-ask spread will tend to be very a small percentage of the value of the asset, usually a fraction of a percent. For less actively traded, less liquid assets the spread can be more significant. The bid price is the price that the buyer is offering to pay. The ask price is the price that the seller is asking to receive.

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