Trading floor definition

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A trading floor is the area of a business or an exchange where assets are bought and sold, most commonly associated with stock exchanges and futures exchanges. It is also often referred to as a trading pit.

Traditionally, a trading floor is a hectic, open space where traders communicate via ‘open outcry’: mainly shouting and hand signals. However, the rise of electronic trading has made this form of communication increasingly rare and quietened down many trading floors.

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