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making 2 sided markets

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making 2 sided markets

Hello futures io gang, I have a question regarding market making that perhaps someone could explain: how exactly in the most basic sense do you make money doing this? I have read countless times that MM's profit from the bid ask spread, and the larger that spread the better their return. I read in a congressional paper on HFT trading as a footnote that : "market makers buy on the ask and sell on the bid" but this means they buy high and sell low and make money? Clearly I am missing something here. Thanks to anyone who can help me or point me to an enlightening resource on this topic.

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