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Book Running Lead Manager

Definition of Book Running Lead Manager

A book running lead manager is the head or lead of the underwriting process when new shares or securities are issued for their client, most commonly during an IPO.

For context, there was a time when physical ownership certificates were issued. If someone wanted to sell their shares, they’d have to present the ownership certificate and get it transferred to the buyer.

Also known as the book runner, the book running lead manager handles these crucial elements of the underwriting process:

  • Perform due diligence
  • Determine the final offering price
  • Record & track interested buyers
  • Confirm orders
  • Guarantee purchase

Related Terms

Abandoned Baby Pattern

An Abandoned Baby Pattern is a type of candlestick pattern that signals the reversal of a bullish or bearish trend. It is made up of three candles, each of which varies based on the trend.

Bullish Abandoned Baby Pattern


  • Candle #1: Red in color & forms during a downward trend
  • Candle #2: Forms a Doji Star below Candle #1’s closing price
  • Candle #3: Leads to a bullish trend & forms above the Doji Star (similar size to Candle #1)

Bearish Abandoned Baby Pattern


  • Candle #1: Green in color & forms during an upward trend
  • Candle #2: Forms a Doji Star above Candle #1’s closing price
  • Candle #3: Leads to a bearish trend & forms below the Doji Star (similar size to Candle #1)

Futures Contract

A futures contract is a derivative instrument that is legal agreement between two parties for the mandatory purchase or sale of an underlying asset at a pre-agreed price and date.

Every futures contract contains a standard lot size on top of the agreed price and date as they are a standardized derivative traded on a stock exchange, most commonly on NSE and BSE.

The price of a futures contract is known to vary from the spot price of the same underlying asset due to factors like the cost of carry, interest rates, and more.

Derivatives Market

The derivatives market is a place where financial contracts like futures, options, forwards, and swaps are traded. It is a complex market that is a subset of the stock market, commodity market, currency market, and others depending on the underlying asset that’s a part of the derivative contract.

Illiquid Asset

An illiquid asset is something of value that can not be exchanged for cash easily. Although an illiquid asset may have value, you will not be able to find buyers for it readily. As a result, illiquid assets are typically sold at a significant discount or worse, lose value and expire.

Cash Contract

A cash contract is an agreement between two parties in which the delivery of goods is involved at a predetermined price and date. Typically, bulk buyers like big companies enter into cash contracts on the spot price of a commodity.

These companies aren’t in the business of speculation. As a result, the delivery of goods is always involved in cash contracts, unlike futures where the contract can be settled with cash without taking delivery.

Bear Market

A bear market is a period of continuous decline in the stock or commodity market.

Typically, investors believe that a bear market has arrived when a stock, commodity, or entire index fall by 20% or more from its most recent highs.

The onset of a bear market is generally in tandem with poor economic conditions.



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