Stock exchange

Mondo Visione  Jun 29  Comment 
Nasdaq (Nasdaq:NDAQ) announced today the launch of the Nasdaq Index Calculation System, a standalone solution that provides marketplaces with a highly flexible index calculation platform to compute multi-asset, multi-currency indexes. The system...
Mondo Visione  Jun 29  Comment 
The Board of Directors of the Hellenic Capital Market Commission during today's 715th/29/6/2015 session, decided: To keep closed, during the whole duration of the banking holiday according to the Act of Legislative Content (Government...
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 28  Comment 
The Bombay Stock Exchange hopes to set up the proposed international stock exchange within a year at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-city near Gandhinagar.Ashish Chauhan, MD and CE...
Reuters  Jun 28  Comment 
Greek banks and the stock exchange will be shut on Monday after creditors refused to extend the country's bailout and savers queued to withdraw cash, taking Athens' standoff with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund to a...
New York Times  Jun 26  Comment 
One result of the ruling is that even states that started their own exchanges, facing technical challenges, may let the federal government take over.
Forbes  Jun 26  Comment 
Here’s a wake-up call to conservatives: Unless you change something fast, your response to the Affordable Care Act will go down in history as a series of tactical errors that created a gigantic government mandate while simultaneously betraying...
New York Times  Jun 25  Comment 
One result of the ruling is that even states that started their own exchanges, facing technical challenges, may let the federal government take over.
The Hindu Business Line  Jun 21  Comment 
BSE chief Ashish Kumar Chauhan outlines his plans for the exchange and shares his views on recent regulatory changes
Mondo Visione  Jun 18  Comment 
The Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) would like to congratulate all of our market participants and audiences for the holy month of Ramadan. On this occasion, the Exchange would like to draw everyone’s attention that the trading hours during the...
Mondo Visione  Jun 17  Comment 
The Saudi Stock Exchange has opened to qualified foreign investors (QFI) yesterday for the first time. The exchange, which has a market capitalisation of US$590 billion, is the biggest in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia represents approximately...


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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