Alligator Spread

In trading, an “alligator spread” refers to a spread which includes brokerage and exchange fees and commissions are so high that a trade performed using that spread will not be profitable.

Example: An investor buys stocks for 10,000 Swiss francs and sells those same stocks for 11,000 francs. Because of the nature of the transaction, the brokerage and exchange fees and charges for the exchange come to 1000 francs, so the investor does not make a profit.

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