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This note describes how to determine the best bid and offer (BBO) from the NYSE's monthly TAQ data, the source that underlies most academic research. At a given point in time the best bid is the maximum bid, taken over the set of current bids posted by all venues. This value persists until one of the bids posted by any of the venues changes. Then the maximum is recomputed. The best offer is computed in a similar fashion. This differs significantly, however, from the BBO defined and computed indoi:10.2139/ssrn.1699426 fatcat:vh7ku5ei4ffwdp4xeh2bcixeei