First Traded Stock

February 10, 2017 Oak Ridge Investments

The Amsterdam stock exchange (now part of the Euronext exchange) first listed shares in 1602. The first stock to be traded was the Dutch East India Company, a multinational mega-corporation granted a monopoly by the Dutch government to conduct trade with Asia. The company operated for almost two centuries, paying out an 18% annual dividend for almost the entire period.1

To give you a sense of just how large this company was, compare these publicly traded companies' peak market caps (converted to USD and adjusted for inflation.)2

1  Investinganswers.com, September 4 2012

2  Business Insider and Zero Hedge, February 2015

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