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A Brief History of the Stock Market

This article will give you a brief history of the stock market from its beginnings in 12th Century France and expanding into the world wide phenomena we have today.

They began in 12th century France when Courratiers de change started managing and regulating agricultural communities’ debts on behalf of banks. The Courratiers de change were essentially the first brokers.

The hub of trading had moved to Antwerp by the 1300s under the Van der Beurze family. Their home was the primary place of trading. News soon spread that the Van der Beurze was the place to go for all of the Flanders business.

The major commercial center in Venice got into the act in the mid 1300s. The first laws regarding insider trading developed here when, in 1361, the Venetian government outlawed the spreading of rumors intend to lower the price of government funds. Stock markets developed in Italy in Pisa, Verona, Genoa and Florence by the 1400s.

The Dutch began offering joint stock companies in the late 1500s. By 1602, the Dutch East India Company issued their first share on the Amsterdam Exchange which was the first company to offer stocks and bonds. The Dutch East India Company would go on to explore and colonize much of the world.

Many other developments that we now consider common developed on the Amsterdam exchange around that time including continuous trade, short selling, option trading, debt-equity swaps, merchant banking, unit trusts, and other such speculative instruments.

Today, stock markets exist in every developed country and many developing ones.

That’s a brief history of the stock market.

Delay Before Starting To Do Stock Market Trading

You have probably heard lots of stories that you can make tons of money from cheap penny stocks or something similar so you thought you would see what it was all about. You probably do not want to be delayed at all and are eager to start investing in the stock exchanges as soon as possible. However, it is a tricky business and I recommend that you do delay a little until you understand it all more.

It is a lot easier to lose money than make it when stock market trading. Sure some lucky whatsits make a fortune in a week but they are very few and very far between. In truth you may have started investing without really realizing it with a bank savings account which is a very safe investment normally, although there have been some mishaps in the past couple of years.

One way to lose spending power on your money for certain though, is to stick it in a tin or put it in the safe at home. Inflation will bite into it and it will not be worth as much in real terms when you try to spend it. At least with the bank they do give you a little interest, albeit a pittance these days plus here is a government based scheme in place too just in case the financial institution gets into trouble.

When you get to the stage of wanting a bit more action with your investments consider the money markets. You will, however, have to commit to a bit longer time period to tie up your money. That is the main difference. A standard time frame is a year or 13 months. They will give you a higher interest rate for making this commitment.

Certificates of Deposit are the next upwards step on the ladder but an even longer period of time is needed for these. A lot of financial institutions offer a higher interest if you invest more money with them. They will do the same if you contract for a longer period as well.

Your intention through these steps is to gradually increase the amount of capital that you have to invest without too much risky. Whilst doing this you get the opportunity to learn all that you can about investing. There is plenty of information on the internet and in the bookstores to help you get a grip of stock trading.

Then, when you actually start real trading, do not get disheartened if you lose a bit on your first couple of trades. You cannot expect to understand everything right from day one.

I put money on the fact that you had several driving lessons when you fist tried to drive a car. You should look at trading in the stock market in exactly the same way. And, just like driving, do not go too fast at first. Gain the confidence slowly and you will be the winner.