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Chapter 12: Financial Markets
"The New York Stock Exchange"

You have already learned that the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious of the organized stock exchanges in the United States. It is located on Wall Street in New York City and like most other organized exchanges, has certain rules for both its members and the corporations listed on the exchange. The NYSE lists stocks from over 3,000 companies who must meet stringent requirements related to profitability and size. These requirements virtually guarantee that the companies will be among the largest, most profitable, publicly held companies. In this activity, you will learn more about the NYSE as well as your role as an investor.

Destination Title: The New York Stock Exchange

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Start at the New York Stock Exchange's Education Web site.

  • Click on the "Educational Publications" tab.
  • From here, you will read several chapters from a guide to the exchange and your role as an investor. Read the articles and answer the following questions.

1. First select the Preface and read it. Then, select Chapter 1, "NYSE: A Driving Force in the World Economy," from the menu. Why did Wall Street brokers form the Buttonwood Agreement?

2. Continue reading Chapter 1. Describe the role of the New York Stock Exchange as a world leader.

3. Select Chapter 6, "Putting Your Money to Work," from the menu. What are reasons that people invest in stocks and bonds?

4. Continue reading Chapter 6. What are examples of types of investments? If you had $500, what type of investment would you select? Why?


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