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Finance Dictionary and Glossary of Investment Terms
Originating within a company. In the case of securities trading, in-house trades, those matching a buyer and a seller within the same firm, are favorable to a firm because a commission is earned on both sides of the trade.
In the context of general equities, keeping an activity within the firm. For example, rather than go to the marketplace and sell a security for a client to anyone, an attempt is made to find a buyer to complete the transaction with the firm. Although a listed trade must be taken to the floor of the stock exchange, matching supply with demand within the confines of the firm results in higher commissions for the firm.