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    Firm Ones

    When quotes work out a lot and eat light, they get firm. Like Olivia sings, "Let's get fiscal, fiscal…" (Sorry.)

    A firm quote is the price at which a market maker will buy 100 shares at that moment of the security in question. If the market maker delivers a quote "firm", it means that they will buy at least 100 shares at their firm quote price. There's no negotiation here.

    After a firm quote is given, it is legal for the buyer to ask for a better price—counteroffer—but if the buyer s...

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