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Stock Market Quiz

Stock Market Quiz

Do you know the history of the stock market? Test your smarts below!

1. Where’s the oldest stock exchange in the world?

A. Lyon, France

B. Hamburg, Germany

C. Antwerp, Belgium

D. Barcelona, Spain

E. Geneva, Switzerland

2. Where was the first stock exchange in the United States?

A. Boston

B. Philadelphia

C. New York City

D. Washington D.C

3. The founders of the New York Stock Exchange took inspiration from which country’s stock market?

A. Great Britain

B. Italy

C. France

D. Spain

4. What was the first listed company on the NYSE?

A. Nationwide Insurance

B. Bank of New York

C. Prudential

D. Merill Lynch

5. What is the largest stock exchange in the world, in terms of market capitalization (basically, the total value of all listed companies)?

A. New York Stock Exchange

B. London Stock Exchange

C. Tokyo Stock Exchange

D. Bombay Stock Exchange

E. Hong Kong Stock Exchange

6. What federal agency is responsible for regulating the stock market?

A. Federal Trade Commission

B. Securities and Exchange Commission

C. Federal Reserve System

7. Which Company is NOT a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

A. Verizon

B. Boeing

C. Amazon

D. Home Depot

E. American Express


1. Antwerp, Belgium – The Antwerp Bourse opened its doors in 1460 and kept going until 1997.

2. Philadelphia, PA – New York is where all the action is today, of course, but the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, founded in 1790, predated it by two years.

3. Spain – The value of the dollar had been based on the Spanish real, so the NYSE founders looked to Spain for inspiration for their stock market, too. Long story, but the Spanish real is also the reason for all the fractional stock prices in the NYSE.

4. Bank of New York – Shares of the Bank of New York were traded under the fabled buttonwood tree on Wall Street in 1792.

5. New York Stock Exchange

6. Securities and Exchange Commission – The SEC is in charge of the securities industry and the stock markets.

7. Amazon – is a member of the NASDAQ-100, not the Dow Jones.

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