Primary market is a place where a company launches an IPO (Initial Public offering); whereas in Secondary market, outstanding shares are exchanged between sellers & purchasers.
In the Primary Market, the underwriter plays a major role in the successful launch of shares and subsequent price stabilization of a security. Primary Markets cut across exchanges, OTC and the dealer network. In the Secondary Markets, shares of companies are traded based on free interaction of supply and demand. Market Makers (dealers) play an important role in managing liquidity of the Secondary markets. Moreover, Secondary markets are less volatile.
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