Stock Exchange

Mondo Visione  Jul 27  Comment 
Stock exchange leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region agreed that international links between stock exchanges are becoming increasingly commonplace and essential for meeting the changing needs of global investors. “There is a...
Reuters  Jul 24  Comment 
The vast majority of firms covered by China's pilot carbon emission exchanges met their targets this year, but success was achieved largely by flexible regulations and a supply glut that kept permits cheap, participants said.
Mondo Visione  Jul 23  Comment 
SIFMA today released the following statement from Randy Snook, executive vice president, business policies and practices, after the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and Nasdaq  announced  a proposed framework to enhance the resiliency of the...
Mondo Visione  Jul 22  Comment 
A World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) survey shows investors are increasingly studying the sustainability practices and policies of companies as a factor in their investment decisions. Thirty nine percent of respondents to the global exchanges...
Mondo Visione  Jul 22  Comment 
Today, the District Court (Court) of The Hague forced Euronext to accept competition between exchanges, rejecting the demand of Euronext to block competition between exchanges. This is clear from the judgment of the Court in proceedings filed by...
Mondo Visione  Jul 21  Comment 
L  - R shows the Chairman, African Corporate Governance Network (ACGN), Jane Valls  and President, African Securities Exchanges Association (ASEA), Mr. Oscar N. Onyema OON at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between ASEA and...
Financial Times  Jul 20  Comment 
Banks partially begin business after three weeks
The Economic Times  Jul 20  Comment 
Greece's stock market will remain closed on Monday, extending a three-week break which was imposed last month along with a banking holiday.
Mondo Visione  Jul 17  Comment 
The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited (the Exchange),  a wholly-owned  subsidiary of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited (HKEx), published a consultation paper today (Friday) to seek views on proposed amendments to its Environmental,...
Mondo Visione  Jul 16  Comment 
Transaction expected to be completed by the end of the year Vienna Stock Exchange and Zagreb Stock Exchange to share trading technology Collaboration in IT services will bring synergies for all parties  Today, the Zagreb Stock...


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]

See also List of Stock Exchanges

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