Stock Exchange

Reuters  7 hrs ago  Comment 
Turkish stock exchange Borsa Istanbul said on Tuesday it plans to go public, in Ankara's latest move to bolster its $220 billion equity market which has punched below...
Wall Street Journal  Mar 3  Comment 
Exchanges in Japan, Singapore and Taiwan are exploring new connections, after the combination of Hong Kong and Shanghai claimed the top spot in Asia.
Mondo Visione  Feb 27  Comment 
Mr. Rashid Bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, today participated in the Working Committee and Board meetings of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), taking place in London for 2 days.  Mr. Al-Mansoori participates in these...
The Hindu Business Line  Feb 27  Comment 
Anticipating huge volatility during the special stock market trading on Budget day tomorrow, SEBI and stock exchanges have enhanced vigil to keep manipulators at bay and ensure smooth operations.
Mondo Visione  Feb 26  Comment 
Mr. Rashid Bin Ali Al-Mansoori, CEO of Qatar Stock Exchange, today participated in the Working Committee and Board meetings of the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE), taking place in London for 2 days.  Mr. Al-Mansoori participates in these...
Mondo Visione  Feb 26  Comment 
The MD of the Lahore Stock Exchange has stated that the Lahore Exchange wholeheartedly supports the immediate promulgation of the Draft Securities Act as it would improve the legal framework for the operations and development of the capital...
Mondo Visione  Feb 25  Comment 
In order to remove fragmentations in the price discovery and order execution mechanisms existing amongst the three stock exchanges of the country, MD LSE has urged the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to retain the spirit of Section...
Mondo Visione  Feb 24  Comment 
Lahore Stock Exchange Limited in its continuous efforts to overcome problems of liquidity crunch and lack of market depth has achieved another milestone by introducing Smart Order Management System (SOMS). The launching ceremony was organized by...
Reuters  Feb 20  Comment 
U.S. regulators are considering taking steps to promote the creation of "venture exchanges" that aim to help smaller companies get listed and actively traded,...


Stock exchange

A stock exchange is an institution, organization or association that serves as a market for trading financial instruments such as stocks, bonds and their related derivatives. Most modern stock exchanges, like NYSE Euronext, have both a trading floor and an electronic trading system.

Increasingly, exchange owners and operators are getting themselves listed on their own exchanges and have become private companies just like any other company. This is the case with companies like NYSE Euronext, Deutsche Boerse AG and the NASDAQ OMX Group. These companies have evolved into international groups operating on different continents and gathering multiple activities like traditional stock markets, derivatives markets and commodities markets.

Stock exchanges have a vital function in modern economies as places where investors and companies can meet and exchange capitals. They offer standardized instruments which are traded with transparency contrary to what happens in OTC transactions. They display prices and volumes for every products they trade.

In the 80's and 90's with the development of computer technologies, stock exchanges have been dematerialized and most of the transactions now happen electronically though some exchanges have kept floor trading activities like the NYSE. Euronext has adopted a fully electronic system.

Traditional stock exchanges have met increasing competition from fully electronic platforms. Electronic trading has reduced the cost of entry into the market and several new exchanges have recently developed.


The first stock exchanges date back to the Middle Age in Europe with debt trading between merchants. However the first stock trading can be found in the 17th century with the creation of various companies to explore European colonies such as the Dutch East India Company. Historically stocks and bonds were traded in a physical place or building with traders gathering on the floor and exchanging financial titles by hand.

14c Stocks were instruments of punishment. [1] The original Stock Market was a fish and meat market in the City of London on or near the later site of Mansion House, so called perhaps because it occupied the site of a former stocks. 1809 Place where securities are bought and sold. Stock + market. [2]

12c Markets were a place to meet at a fixed time for buying and selling livestock and provisions, to trade, deal in, buy, wares, merchandise, public building or space where markets are held" first attested mid-13c. Sense of "sales, as controlled by supply and demand" is from 1680s, market research is from 1926. [3]

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