Blue-Chip Stock

What it is:

A blue-chip stock is a stock of an established company that has consistently shown qualities like generating consistent earnings, paying generous dividends or increasing revenue.

How it works/Example:

Blue-chip stocks are shares of stock issued by companies which have a reputation for financial stability and a record of successfully weathering any economic condition. In addition to exceptional potential for long-term growth, blue-chip stocks traditionally display repetitive, solid earnings.

Examples of blue-chip stocks are General Electric (NYSE: GE) or AT&T (NYSE: T).

The name blue-chip stock is a reference to the most highly-valued chip in a poker game.

Why it Matters:

As a result of their high level of financial strength and market reputation, blue-chip stocks traditionally carry substantially less risk than other stocks. They are generally regarded as safe, sound investments.

Best execution refers to the imperative that a broker, market maker, or other agent acting on behalf of an investor is obligated to execute the investor's order in a way that is most advantageous to the investor rather than the agent.