Securities, currencies and certain commodities are traded on the stock market.
The oldest equity market in the world is the one in Amsterdam. It was established in 1602 for trading shares in the Dutch East Indies Company.
The SWX Swiss Exchange dates back more than 150 years. In 1996, fully electronic trading replaced the traditional floor trading system at the stock exchanges of Geneva (founded in 1850), Zurich (1873) and Basle (1876).
The largest stock market in the world is currently the New York Stock Exchange. In 2004 it had an average daily trading volume of USD 46.1 billion.