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THE OPTIONS COURSE- ELECTRONIC ORDER ROUTING SYSTEMS

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THE OPTIONS COURSE ELECTRONIC ORDER ROUTING SYSTEMS In a relative sense, electronic communication networks (ECNs) are fairly  new. Changes in the 1990s made it possible for the small investor to get  access to Level II data and compete with market makers through the use  of ECNs. Level II quotes are one of three levels of the National Associa tion of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations System (Nasdaq). Level I  quotes provide basic information such as the best bids and asks for Nasdaq listed stocks. Level II data provides investors with more detailed quotes and  information, including access to current bids and offers for all market mak ers in a given Nasdaq-listed stock. Level III is the most advanced level and is  used by market makers to enter their own quotes to the system.  In order to  utilize ECNs you need to use a broker who provides direct access to them.  Most traditional online brokerages offer Level I quotes; only direct-access  brokers provide Level I