What is “last look”?
What is “last look”?
Last look is a colloquial term for liquidity providers or brokers stating a quoted price rather than a firm price based on supply and demand. Since the price stated is a quoted price, the liquidity provider or broker has the option execute the trade, offer an alternative price, or decline the trade.
Last look practices are often synonymous with Market Maker brokers which take the other side of your trade. Since their prices are quotes, there is a chance that they will manipulate their prices to their advantage or induce slippage when news events occur. Market makers tend to have higher spreads in comparison to ECN brokers.
ECN brokers receive bids / asks from their clients and directly match the best bid and ask prices across multiple market participants. The best prices are the prices stated on ECN brokers platform. Since ECN brokers only match trades, they do not have the opportunity to front run or have the “last look” to clients’ trades. We at BlackBull markets are proudly an ECN only broker, meaning we do not interfere with your trades and provide you with the best bid/ask spreads.
Four years have passed, and now we usher in a new United States President: Joe Biden. A complete U-turn from what Donald Trump stood for. Nationalism is now replaced with Progressive politics. The question arises, how will President Joe Biden’s 100-day agenda affect the markets?
Stocks coming into 2021 – Boom or Bust?
Here are two fun facts from equities in 2020.
· The NASDAQ returned 46% from the start of 2020. If you purchased at the peak of the recessionary period in mid-March, you would’ve made a return on investment of 85%.
· Meanwhile, the S&P500 only returned 17% from the start of 2020.
· The average price/earnings ratio for stocks in the NASDAQ was pushing 23
· The best performing stock that is in the S&P 500 and NASDAQ was Tesla, providing a 743% Return.
With that in mind, what are we expecting for stocks coming into 2021?
The Dollar has been experiencing some love coning into the new year, with the DXY up just under 1%. However, is this just a technical rebound, or is there substance for a further rally?
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