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Brokers deal in commodities, stocks, shares and foreign exchange on behalf of clients or on own account, broker insurance and reinsurance, and buy and sell shipping and freight space.


  • Advises client on the suitability of particular insurance schemes and places insurance on behalf of client
  • Discusses buying and or selling requirements of client and gives advice accordingly
  • Analyses information concerning market trends for commodities, financial assets and foreign exchange and advises client and employer on the suitability of a particular investment
  • Records and transmits buy and sell orders for stocks, shares and bonds and calculates transaction costs
  • Provides independent advice on the suitability of insurance schemes and places insurance on behalf of client
  • Arranges for the production of auction catalogues, fixes reserve prices, attends auction and bids on behalf of client, or negotiates purchase/sale by private treaty of goods not sold at auction
  • Obtains cargo space, fixes freight charges and signs and issues bills of loading
  • Collects freight charges from client and undertakes all necessary formalities concerning customs and the loading/unloading of cargo.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements although many employers require entrants to possess a degree or equivalent qualification. Training is typically undertaken in-house, although entrants may attend courses run by professional institutions. Registration with a regulatory authority may be required in some positions.

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