A company or person who executes your financial trans- action for you. No, regular folks like me and you aren’t allowed to actually buy, sell or trade assets, like stocks and bonds. You can place orders for them, but then you need a broker to execute them for you. For that, they will charge you either a fee per transaction, or a fee based on a percentage of your assets. There was a time when only the rich could have a broker. These aren’t those times. Today, there’s no lack of options for discount brokers who charge very small fees, allowing everyone the option to trade. (See also: Financial Planner)

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