What specifically defines a prop firm?

Discussion in 'Prop Firms' started by matgallis, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. I'm having a rough time distinguishing the actuality of a prop firm. I know a prop firm can not have a broker-dealer relation with their traders, however don't most firms monitor their traders and limit their abilities to trades?

    IMO this violates the SEC's loose definition of a broker/dealer

    "persons that operate or control electronic or other platforms to trade securities;"


    "persons that effect securities transactions for the account of others for a fee, even when those other people are friends or family members;"

    So in order to have this loose defined relationship as broker/dealer a firm must have one person licensed? (Series 7)

    If the above is true wouldn't they be considered a retail firm?

    Just really confused on the required to own/trade in regards to Prop operations
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