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Post time20:19 07-02-2010

Hello, I'm doing research on proprietary trading (for a book on financial English) and I would be grateful if someone could explain one point: I read that traders in investment banks (or rather commercial/universal banks nowadays) make a market in the asset they trade. They maintain an inventory, make money thanks to the bid/ask spread, etc, that's clear. What I'd like to know is this OTC trading? What about listed stocks? What is the traders' relation with the stock exchange? Thanks.