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SEAQ : London Stock Exchange Automated Quotation System

SEAQ stands for Stock Exchange Automated Quotation System

There are now over 1,500 listed companies whose bid and offer prices are quoted on SEAQ. SEAQ is essentially a price-information service and not a trading system. It can be accessed through a number of screen based information services. Trades are therefore carried out either by phone or online.

SEAQ provides:

- prices quoted by market makers

- the number of trades reported (above 1,000 in value)

- the best bid/offer prices with upto three market makers prepared to deal

- an automatic trade execution service

As might be understood, this is a technical area of the market and as such, for relative outsiders - such as your author - it is not entirely clear what the role of SEAQ is. On a page (listed below) about market makers, we comment that their role has changed significantly as technology has improved and shares can be bought and sold electronically without a presence on the 'market' floor.

It is our understanding that the role of SEAQ is in large part to provide a monopoly over orders from the general public (the public cannot simply buy or sell direct on the market themselves). However, we may have misunderstood this role - if that is the case, we apologise.

It would be fair to say that unless you plan to become a market maker or stock broker, the chances of you needing to know the above information is quite slim. Obviously, some pages and information I feel that I need to add for the sake of clarity. Apologies!

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