Stock Markets

By: Josh Bartolacci

Stock market basic facts

To this day there has been 20,000 mutual funds, over 5,000 stocks and 1,000 ETFs and there are more being established right now.


The main part of stock markets was the great depression. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression in the decade preceding World War II. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations, but in most countries it started in 1930 and lasted until the late 1930s or middle 1940s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century.


When the price of a particular stock rises, that stock is said to be "up," meaning up in price. When the price falls, the stock is said to have gone "down." The terms "up" and "down" are also used to describe the rise and fall of the market as a whole.


As a company makes money, the value of its stock goes up. For instance, pretend you bought some shares of stock for $10 each. Since you share the company's profits, if it does well the shares might later be worth $15 each. You could then sell your stock and make $5 on each share. If the company loses money, however, you would also share its losses. Those $10 shares might each be worth $3 if the company fell on hard times.


The way they came up with the name stock market is the word stock means to supply and when you invest in a stock you are supplying money for the company and they make your money grow as the company grows.

Question 1 - What is the average stock sold for in todays market?

Answer: The average stock in todays market are selling for around $50 to $250 dollars.

Question 2 - How did stock markets get started?

Answer: Belgium boasted a stock exchange as far back as 1531, in Antwerp. Brokers and moneylenders would meet there to deal in business, government and even individual debt issues. It is odd to think of a stock exchange that dealt exclusively in promissory notes and bonds, but in the 1500s there were no real stocks. There were many flavors of business-financier partnerships that produced income like stocks do, but there was no official share that changed hands.

Question 3 - Why are stock markets such a big deal in our world?

Answer: Stock markets are such a big deal because of their large job employment, they are also such a big deal because around 4% of the entire world relies on stock markets to get them all of their money needed for their everyday needs.