is committed to the highest ethical standards and reviews services independently. Advertiser Disclosure

History Stock Market

May 09, 2022
Last modified May 10, 2022

A stock market, which can also sometimes be referred to as an equity market, is a network of different economic transactions, known as the aggregation of both sellers and buyers. What it isn’t, is a physical being. The sellers and buyers trade stocks. Stocks are securities that exist on a stock exchange, although some can also be traded privately.

CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. Between 65% and 82% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading CFDs. You should consider whether you understand how CFDs work and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money.

History of the Stock Market

It was in 12th century France that the ‘Courretiers de change’ took on the task of managing and regulating agricultural communities' debt. This was on behalf of the French banks of that time. This group of men traded their debts and became known as the first brokers. In the thirteenth century, a common misconception arose in Bruges. Commodity traders started to meet in a house that was owned by a gentleman named Van der Beurze, and so later, in 1409, this group became known as ‘Brugse Beurse’. This was formalized, and even institutionalized a meeting that had previously been known as an informal gathering. In actual fact, those meetings took place in a building in the city of Antwerp that was owned by Van der Beurze. Most merchants of that time undertook their trading in the city of Antwerp. This idea spread across the region of Flanders very quickly, and also in neighboring countries, and soon in the cities of Ghent and Rotterdam ‘Beurzen’ soon opened.

It was in the middle of the thirteenth century in Venice, that bankers started to trade in government securities. It was soon outlawed in 1351, by the government of Venice spreading stories. The idea behind this was to decreased the cost of Venetian government funds. In the large cities of Italy, including Pisa, Genoa, Florence and Verona, bankers started to trade, again with government securities. This happened around the fourteenth century. What allowed this trading to happen was that these cities were not ruled by a duke, but they were independent states in their own right. These states were ruled by an elected citizen council. Businesses and organizations in Italy were also the first to sell shares on the stock market. It was not until the sixteenth century that businesses in the United Kingdom were able to sell shares. Many other countries then followed.

The first joint-stock company was the Dutch East India country that was formed in 1602. A joint-stock company is an organization in which stakes can be purchased and sold by shareholders. A shareholder may own a proportion of the business depending on how many shares they purchase. A certificate of ownership is issued to the shareholder detailing the proportion of shares held in the company. The Dutch East India Company was the first to get fixed capital stock, and so company stock was continuously traded on Amsterdam Stock Exchange. It was not long after this happened that other trade followed, in different derivatives, came into being on the Amsterdam market. Short selling also occurred. This is where securities that are not currently owned by anyone are attempted to be sold. This, however, was soon seen as illegal and was banned in 1610 by the authorities.

Today, there are stock markets all over the world, in both countries that are both developed, and developing. The most well-known stock markets are in the United States of America, as well as in the United Kingdom, China, Canada, India, Japan, Germany, France, Netherlands, and South Korea.

The importance of the stock market

It is one of the main ways that businesses and other organizations raise money. Stock markets enable companies to be traded publicly, and so raise capital to expand their business. The liquid nature of the stock exchange allows those who invest to easily buy and sell their securities. This is a particularly attractive feature to investors.

Over time, the cost of shares has been studied, and it has been realized that the price is an important economic indicator, and can indicate current social mood. Usually, the stock market is seen to be the most important indicator of a nation's economic development and current strength. When share prices are rising, for example, this is seen as increased investment in business and indicates a rising economy.

More Forex Guides

Forex Risk Disclaimer

There is a very high degree of risk involved in trading securities. With respect to margin-based foreign exchange trading, off-exchange derivatives, and cryptocurrencies, there is considerable exposure to risk, including but not limited to, leverage, creditworthiness, limited regulatory protection and market volatility that may substantially affect the price, or liquidity of a currency or related instrument. It should not be assumed that the methods, techniques, or indicators presented in these products will be profitable, or that they will not result in losses. Learn more.

About the Author

Marcus Taylor

BrokerNotes was founded in 2014 by Marcus Taylor, founder and CEO of Venture Harbor, a venture studio in Oxford that develops innovative online tools & technology across a range of sectors.