- leading in a race or competition
- supporting a political candidate, sports team, etc. because they are leading their race or competition: front-running fans
- (finance) The illegal practice of a stockbroker, when they receive a large client order, placing an order for their own account ahead of the client's, knowing when the client's is placed it will move the market and create a profit for the broker.
- (finance) The illegal practice of placing orders for a security on one's own account in advance of promoting or recommending it.
- (business) Any practice of buying something the value of which is about to increase due to a future purchase by another, especially where the knowledge derives from a fiduciary relationship.
- Alternative spelling of front running.
front running - Investment & Finance Definition
Illegally making a trade for a personal account or a preferred customer’s account with the advance knowledge that a large order is in the market or will be coming to the market that likely will create a profit. Front running is possible in situations in which traders in the futures or stock markets trade both for their own accounts and their customers’ accounts, a practice known as duel trading. However, just because a trader engages in dual trading doesn’t mean that the trader is involved with front running.