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Difference Between Primary Market and Secondary Market

Difference Between Primary Market and Secondary MarketThe most popular another term of “Primary market” is “Market in art valuation”. The primary market is a significant part of the capital market. It usually deals with issuing of new securities. Primary markets make long term instruments through which corporate entities raise funds from the capital market.

The secondary market also can be called as “aftermarket”. Basically, The secondary market is a place where investors buy and sell securities that they already own. Here, we discuss the Basic Functions of the Secondary Market.

Example of the secondary market such as the New York Stock Exchange – NYSE and the NASDAQ.

Read Also: The Structure of the Secondary Market

Difference Between Primary Market and Secondary Market

Primary market


Secondary market

i. Seller of the securities is the issuer of      the securities




i. Seller of the securities is the holder of the security
ii. Primary securities are typically called initial public offerings (IPOs)


Name ii. Secondary securities are outstanding securities
iii. Primary issues of securities occur relatively infrequently


Frequency iii. Secondary securities occur frequently
iv. Primary securities previously did not exist in the market


Existency iv. Secondary securities are outstanding
v. Gain from the secondary transaction is not possible in the primary market


Gains v. An investor can gain from the secondary market
vi. Original issuer remains unaffected due to the price the changes Effects vi. Investors will be affected by the price changes


According to their operation, the securities markets are categorized as the primary market and secondary market. Each of these markets can further be divided into money market and capital market on the basis of the economic unit issuing the securities.

Related Articles on Money Market and Capital Market.


The following Table considers each of the major segments of the securities markets and the functions they perform.

Capital market Money market
Primary market


Secondary market



Figure – Segment of the securities market


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