What is the Stock Market ?
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Generally speaking the Stock
Market refers to equities where actually stocks and derivatives
are traded. In the U.S.A. we think the Stock Market is New York
City. In fact there are major Stock Markets in Hong Kong,
Hamburg, London, Paris, Canada, Japan and others that influence
one another and impact the world Stock Market.
The New York Stock Exchange may have stocks listed that are
listed on other major Stock Markets. A company headquartered in
Amsterdam may be listed on multiple stock exchanges. Many
foreign organized companies are listed on the New York Stock
Exchange. There is a tremendous value for foreign companies to
be listed on an exchange in the U.S. The exposure and knowledge
of a foreign company has a face on the New York Stock
An example would be a China stock Baidu. These information
and search technology company has grown in leaps and bounds
since it was introduced on the New York Market. Sometimes all
it takes is making a good impression to stock analysts and a
good review by key people to give the foreign company a
The reality of the Stock Market today is its world wide
integration of investors, companies and alliances that create
an unprecedented dynamic. Thus far this United Nations of the
financial markets has produced an unspoken treaty of like
minds. The main objective is to create a win-win scenario for
all of the world players in the Stock Market.
Any investor wherever located may hold a substantial stake
in any given equity no matter where the equity is traded. The
Stock Market is a very large private club that anyone can join
with the only admission ticket is the price of a single share
Most people are aware of American companies utilizing off
shore manufacturing of their products. It may be not as well
known that some traditional American brand companies are owned
by foreign companies. Other American brand companies have a
significant multi-national presence with significant stock
ownership by foreign banks and investors.
The term equity should be broadly interpreted. There are
equities that involve the manufacturing of products and goods,
but a product can be intellectual or an entity like insurance.
Banks are equities and financial brokers are all traded on the
various exchanges. An investor may own gold stocks, mining
companies and equities that package these equities into a
corporate entity. The only limitation is that if the investor
is interested in owning the commodity or trading in the futures
market the Chicago Mercantile or other commodities exchanges is
the investing tool.
In other words you may own a bank as an equity who may have
bonds and other commercial paper that may trade on the
commodities exchanges, but you can' t buy a commodity as a
stock. If you want a commodity like wheat, currency, corn,
gold, silver or the like you need to look to the commodities
In the United States the New York Stock Market is comprised
of the NASDAQ, NYSE and the newly created combination of the
NYSE Group with Euronext in April, 2007. The Euronext holding
company is a phenomenal synergy between Paris and the NYSE
whose history goes back to 1792.
The Euronext is a combination of derivatives, currency and
equities to name a sample of products. There are other
exchanges that include the AMEX. There are listing requirements
for each of the exchanges. The Stock Market is basically a
place where buyers and seller of a piece of a company come
together and in the process the company hopefully raises some
cash or other value.
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