Market makers have an important role in ensuring that buyers and sellers can transact in markets. They provide liquidity to the markets by providing quotes during the trading day and updating their prices to reflect changes in the underlying markets. The appointed market makers receive incentives from ASX when making markets in accordance with the market making specifications under the schemes.
The market making specifications generally include a minimum time period for making markets under the scheme, as well as a minimum liquidity requirement. There is also a limit on the maximum spread between the bid and offer price that a market maker can quote when making markets under the scheme. The schemes recognise that there will be certain circumstances when the appointed market makers cannot reasonably be expected to make markets in accordance with the market making specifications.
ASX offers market making schemes to further promote liquidity in the markets set out in the table below. Please click on the relevant market to learn more about the applicable market making specifications.