A designation that refers to segregated clearing member firm trading activity. Customer trading activity and funds may not be combined with non-segregated house activity within a clearing member firm.
A term which, within the SFA rules, means a client who is either a private or non-private customer, but does not include market counterparties ( market counterparty) (non-customers). Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein financial glossary

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customer cus‧tom‧er [ˈkʌstəmə ǁ -ər] noun [countable]
a person or organization that buys goods or services from a shop or company:

• We try to keep regular customers happy.

• the customer complaints department

ˈtarget ˌcustomer
MARKETING the type of person that you aim to sell your products or services to; = target buyer:

• Our target customers are the over-50s.

ˈultimate ˌcustomer MARKETING
the person who buys and uses a particular product in its final form; =END-USER; ULTIMATE CONSUMER:

• We can handle your entire distribution needs from the factory to the ultimate customer.

word focus - ˈultimate ˌcustomer
Different types of customer
Customer is a general word for a person or organization that buys goods or services. A client is someone who pays for services or advice from a professional person or organization. A consumer is someone who buys goods or services for their own use. Clientele is a rather formal word for describing all the people who use the services of a shop, company etc. A patron is someone who regularly uses a particular shop, restaurant, hotel etc. It is a more formal word than customer. A subscriber is someone who pays money regularly to have a newspaper or magazine sent to them, or to receive a cable or satellite TV or telephone service.End-consumer is a word used to talk about the person who buys and uses a product that is sold in a shop, or on the Internet etc.

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customer UK US /ˈkʌstəmər/ noun [C] COMMERCE
a person or an organization that buys a product or service: »

Our new ordering system means we can serve customers more efficiently.


The company's simple strategy is to focus on the customer.


We need to convert more website visitors to paying customers.


We aim to respond to all customer complaints within 24 hours.

appeal to/attract/bring in customers »

techniques to attract new customers

a big/good/major customer »

The farm's biggest customer is a restaurant chain.

a loyal/regular customer »

We like to reward loyal customers with special offers.

future/potential/prospective customers »

a cost-effective way to reach prospective customers

a satisfied/happy customer »

Studies show that each satisfied customer will tell one other person about your company.

a dissatisfied/unhappy customer »

The store has changed its image in an effort to win back unhappy customers.

customer expectations/needs/preferences »

They adapt their services to meet customer needs in different countries.

customer evaluation/feedback/testing »

We now need to trial these products and get customer feedback before developing them further.

See also EXTERNAL CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑external customer), INTERNAL CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑internal customer), PREFERRED CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑preferred customer), REPEAT CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑repeat customer), TARGET CUSTOMER(Cf. ↑target customer), ULTIMATE CONSUMER(Cf. ↑ultimate consumer)
Compare CONSUMER(Cf. ↑consumer)
the customer is always right — Cf. the customer is always right

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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