A book is a written medium for recording details in the form of text or illustrations, usually bound together and secured with a sturdy cover. The technical term for the physical arrangement of the book is codex. Though originally the term book was given to a certain mass of publications (notably the Bible series), today the term refers only to books. Many other forms of publications may also qualify as a book but their distinction is mostly dependent on the format used. In general terms, a book can be defined as any written work containing literary matter prepared for publication and available for sale, including some printed works that are not part of the official Bible series and some other printed publications.
Traders refer to publishers who produce and market books. A trader may also refer to a publisher who is a dealer in a given area or country, acting as an intermediary between the buyer and the seller. Sometimes, it may also be the case that the term book refers to a certain type of commodity, such as a newspaper supplement or a hardback book. So, for instance, the book that you may buy from a newsstand may be considered a long position book. If a trader holds long positions in commodity markets, he may call his commodity position a short position.
An order book, as the name implies, is a list that shows all orders for buying or selling a specific quantity of a commodity at a given price. This is what is called a market maker’s order book. For instance, if you want to buy shares of Apple at a given price, you can enter an order for a million shares. An order book may also show the market order size, which is the maximum number of shares that can be ordered at one time. This may help institutional traders to place multiple orders at the same time, thus controlling the market order size.
Short term books are short-term trades. They last only for a few days. Traders use this technique to make money quickly and without much risk. On the other hand, institutional traders, who buy large quantities of stock on a regular basis, use long term books to cover multiple positions and increase their profit potential over the period of time.
A floor trader is a professional who executes transactions in the stock market. He does not have his own order book but instead uses an account of the company whose stock he has purchased. The floor trader’s job is to enter and exit trades with the help of an electronic platform. The account balance sheets that show the value of stock owned by the trader must be updated regularly to show the difference between the value of the stock and the current market price. Since the floor trader is not authorized to trade stocks directly, he uses an electronic system that shows the real-time value of stocks.
Many people think that trading stocks and bonds will increase their net worth. However, they do not know that it is not possible to increase your net worth unless you increase the amount of money that you lose. In order to make money, you need to protect your capital. There are three major types of capital protection: nonrecourse capital, recourse capital and uninsured funds.