Where did the New York Stock Exchange originate?
Formed by brokers under the spreading boughs of a buttonwood tree, the New York Stock Exchange made its home on Wall Street. The exchange’s location, more than anything else, led to the dominance that the NYSE quickly attained.
What is the Nasdaq?
The New Kid on the Block. The Nasdaq was the brainchild of the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD )—now called the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). From its inception, it has been a different type of stock exchange. It does not inhabit a physical space, as with 11 Wall Street.
Why did East India have no stock exchange?
Because the shares in the various East India companies were issued on paper, investors could sell the papers to other investors. Unfortunately, there was no stock exchange in existence, so the investor would have to track down a broker to carry out a trade. In England, most brokers and investors did their business in the various coffee shops around London. Debt issues and shares for sale were written up and posted on the shops’ doors or mailed as a newsletter.
What happened in the 1600s?
In the 1600s, the emergence of various East India companies that issued stock led to a financial boom, which was followed by a bust when it was revealed some companies conducted very little actual business.
Which countries have their own stock exchanges?
Many other countries including Germany, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia, and Canada developed their own stock exchanges, but these were largely seen as proving grounds for domestic companies to inhabit until they were ready to make the leap to the LSE and from there to the big leagues of the NYSE. Some of these international exchanges are still seen as a dangerous territory because of weak listing rules and less rigid government regulation .
Who is Andrew Beattie?
Andrew Beattie was part of the original editorial team at Investopedia and has spent twenty years writing on a diverse range of financial topics including business, investing, personal finance, and trading.
What did moneylenders do in Europe?
The moneylenders of Europe filled important gaps left by the larger banks. Moneylenders traded debts between each other; a lender looking to unload a high-risk, high-interest loan might exchange it for a different loan with another lender. These lenders also bought government debt issues. As the natural evolution of their business continued, the lenders began to sell debt issues to the first individual investors. The Venetians were the leaders in the field and the first to start trading securities from other governments .
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