Brief profileAn instruction to execute at the best price currently available – when time is of the essence
Type of tradeBuying and selling
Ordering without a backstopWhilst market orders are the swiftest order type, they also offer investors the least control. Once entered into the system, these unlimited instructions to buy or sell are executed at the best price currently available. It is therefore a suitable option when time is of the essence,but involves the risk of an execution that does not correspond to the price last seen by the investor. This is because unexpected price fluctuations between the time the order is placed and the time it is executed can result in the price achieved being significantly worse (but also better) than anticipated.
ExampleYou wish to purchase an index certificate on the DAX. The ask quote currently stands at €90.00. When you place a market order at your bank, you will receive the certificate at the listed price in the order book. This price can be significantly higher than expected.