The New York Stock Exchange's roots trace back to an agreement signed under a Buttonwood tree.
Read the history of The London International Financial Futures Exchange, now NYSE Liffe.
The NYSE organization was first incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation on February 18, 1971 as the New York Stock Exchange, Inc.
Establishment as a for-profit corporation—the NYSE Group—took place on March 7, 2006.
The trading of company shares for capital originated in 15th century Amsterdam, where the Dutch East India Company, a large shipping company, was in permanent need of funds to finance the shipping of goods from the Far East.