Is there a difference between tags and or should they be merged?

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It does seem like splitting hairs to have both. I don't think we are going to have enough specific questions making the distinction between the person and the company to make a difference.

Similarly I would not think we need banker and bank. The one exception might be insurance company vs. agent as they are more different/distinct roles than broker/brokerage in my mind.


In my opinion,
Broker is an Individual/Company help you carry out the trade/transaction.
Brokerage is the fees you pay to carry out the trade/transaction.

  • As far as I can tell, all of the questions tagged as broker really mean brokerage by your definition. Which seems to me that there's a good case for merging the tags.
    – bstpierre
    Commented Mar 29, 2011 at 20:49
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    Dheer - usage may vary from country to country, I don't know. I am in the US, and I expect a word to follow Brokerage, as in "brokerage fee" "brokerage firm", It's treated as an adjective. Broker is either a person or company and it depends on usage. The fee is called a commission. Again, this is my observation for my geography. Commented May 23, 2011 at 15:53
  • @joe: Agree typical usage is brokerage fee, however more often one drops the word fee/commission. So typically one would ask How much was the brokerage?, or did you have pay any brokerage, or using it with Cost. How much does the brokerage cost. Maybe its a good question to ask on english.se :)
    – Dheer
    Commented May 24, 2011 at 3:17
  • 1. The business or service of acting as a broker. 2. A fee or commission charged by a broker. // You are absolutely correct. It's the second definition. It's just a usage I wasn't familiar with. Commented May 24, 2011 at 11:33

The distinction between Broker and Brokerage is important! I do not recommend merging them!

A broker is a person (proper noun), who must satisfy various legal requirements to achieve that status, including testing administered by his employer or the state. This is true in most or all countries. Some brokers are independent, some are affiliated with brokerage firms. The matter of an "unlicensed broker" is not a minor one, and sometimes a consideration for novice investors. (An unlicensed broker would be one whose license has been revoked, or lapsed.)

A brokerage firm is an organization. It too must satisfy a set of legal requirements to be designated as such. Brokerage firms charge fees. Brokers charge fees, sometimes called commissions. Thus I would consider brokerage as an adjective, not a noun. Please see the comment by @JoeTaxpayer on 23 May at 15:53. He is correct! It would be extremely misleading to colloquially refer to the fee associated with a brokerage as brokerage, which was stated as a possibility by @Dheer.

@bstpierre made this important observation:

all of the questions tagged as broker really mean brokerage by your definition

To me, that speaks to the fact that better oversight is needed. If this situation is already occurring, then money.stackexchange.com is going to be significantly impacted in its usability.

I am not overstating the importance of this matter. What is my basis for such confidence, as a StackFamily newbie? First, I am an avid participant in English.StackExchange. (Yes, I'm one of those types. Thank you @JeffAtwood et al for creating the English Stack! It is GREAT fun). Secondly, I possess an M.B.A. with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, with ten years working experience in that industry. I would not mention this, as it seems like grandstanding. But this is a truly meta question for money.stackexchange.com and this is the best substantiation I could think of, given the perhaps overly emphatic expression of my opinion.

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The distinction between bank and banker was also mentioned. I agree with @sdg that it is minor. However, I would also agree with @sdg about the distinction between insurance company versus agent. Those two terms do need to be kept separate and distinct, just as broker and brokerage. See details of answer by @sdg : Is there a difference between tags broker and brokerage Answer 277

Please forgive my stridency on this matter.

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    I enthusiastically support @Ellie Kesselman. My former career was in this field, and the difference was legally critical (though apparently not well perceived by these participants).
    – michael
    Commented Oct 4, 2015 at 0:12

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