Monday, April 9, 2012

What is the stock market? In simple terms it is place where you buy and sell stocks and shares. It is where the trading in securities is managed. It has become a major driver to the market economy as it provides business access to investors and their capitol. The investors risk their capitol for the chance of profit based on the future performance of the companies they invest in. In the USA there are 3 central stock markets some times called stock exchanges.

The NASDAQ or The National Association Of Security Dealers Automated Quotation to give it it's full name opened in 1971; this was the first exchange to trade electronically anywhere in the world. The NASDAQ is not based anywhere as it is a virtual exchange; there is no trading floor where you will see dealers. It is a network of computers linked together.

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