Major Stock Exchanges Across The Globe

Major Stock Exchanges Across The Globe

In the recent years, stock exchanges around the world have grown. In the beginning, these stock exchanges were only limited to the US and Europe but with the opening of stock exchanges in almost all the major countries in the world, the number of public firms have grown. Below is a list of the most prominent stock exchanges in the world.

Major Stock Exchanges Across The Globe


New York Stock Exchange:- The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is a part of NYSE Euronext. NYSE Euronext has stock exchanges around the globe. Out of all the equities that are traded, one-third of it is done via the NYSE exchanges. In terms of both primary exchanges and the stock market capitalization (which stands currently at $10 trillion), NYSE is the primary stock exchange in the world. NYSE was founded in 1792 in New York. The first bank to be listed under the stock exchange was Bank of New York (currently a part of Bank of New York Mellon).

A unique tradition that is followed in NYSE is the ringing of the bell at the start and the end of the day. Although NYSE is one of the most prominent stock exchanges, the business is as competitive as ever. A recent filing by NYSE with the Security and Exchanges Commission (SEC) states that the organisation must compete for listings of cash equities, exchange traded funds, structure products, futures, options and other derivatives.

Tokyo Stock Exchange:- The Tokyo Stock Exchange (TSE) is one of the major stock exchanges in the world. In terms of market capitalisation, it is the second largest stock exchange in the world. Currently, TSE has a market capitalisation of $3 trillion. With more than 2000 firms listed on the stock exchange in addition to the strong performance of the Japanese Yen in recent years, TSE has only grown from strength to strength.

TSE was first opened in the year 1878. One of its stock exchange partners is the London Stock Exchange (LSE). One of the most popular and successful indexes on the TSE is Nikkei 225. The Nikkei 225 represents some of the most successful and primary firms operating out of Japan.

London Stock Exchange:- The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is one of the top 5 stock exchanges in the world in terms of market capitalisation which currently stands at $2.2 trillion from the firms that are listed on it. It was opened in the year 1801 which makes it one of the oldest stock exchanges to have been in operation. Currently the LSE is a part of the London Exchange Group (LEG) which was formed in 2007 after the merger of LSE and the Milan Stock Exchange (MSE) of Borsa Italiana.

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As of today, more than 3000 companies from across the globe are listed on the London Stock Exchange which makes it the most global stock exchange that there is. LSE has two different markets. These are the Main Market and the Alternative Investment Market. In the Main Market, more than 1600 companies around the world are listed on LSE. In the Alternative Investment Market, the smaller international firms are listed.

Hong Kong Stock Exchange:- The Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HSE) is one of the prominent stock exchanges in the world. Currently it has a market capitalisation of approximately $2 trillion due to the companies listed on it. The Hong Kong stock exchange was opened in 1891 under the name Association of Stock Brokers in Hong Kong after which it was the name was changed to Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1914. The HSE also acts as an avenue for investors to invest in opportunities in China.

In 2000, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing became the holding company for Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Currently the Hong Kong Exchange is a part of the HKEX group. It is the primary organisation for raising money for Hong Kong and mainland Chinese issuers.

Shanghai Stock Exchange:- The Shanghai Stock Exchange is one of the newest stock exchanges in the world. It was opened for listing in 1990. Currently 1500 companies are listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The volume of trading in the Shanghai Stock Exchange has always been really high but has been on the decline since 2008 when it was at its peak.

In the Shanghai Stock Exchange, there are two classes of shares for every firm that is listed on it, the A class shares and B class shares. The A class shares are only listed in the Chinese currency (the Yuan) and one can invest in it only if he or she has qualified the QFII program. The B class shares are listed in dollars and is open to investment for foreign nationals. The market capitalisation of the Shanghai Stock Exchange is majorly constituted by major commercial banks and insurance companies. It has the fourth largest market capitalisation for equity exchanges after NYSE, Nasdaq, and the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

NASDAQ :- NASDAQ is a stock exchange where securities are bought and sold. NASDAQ was originally known as National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) to allow the investors to trade securities on an advanced technological system. NASDAQ was opened for trading on February 8, 1971. In 2006, NASDAQ officially separated from NASD instead forming a collaboration with Scandinavian organisation OMX to become the NASDAQ OMX. Some of the major markets of NASDAQ are primarily equities, fixed income, derivatives and commodities – as well as three clearinghouses and five central securities depositories in the U.S. and Europe.

The technology of NASDAQ is used by 70 stock exchanges in 50 different countries across the world. The NASDAQ technology had been initially developed to replace the technology that had been in use from the 20th century.

Bombay Stock Exchange:- The Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) is the primary and the largest securities market in India. BSE was first opened in 1875 and was named as the Native Share and Stock Brokers’ Association. BSE is located in Mumbai, India. Currently more than 6,000 companies are listed on BSE. BSE is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world.

Some of the securities traded in the BSE include  stocks, stock futures, stock options, index futures, index options and weekly options. The performance of a company or firm listed on the BSE is measured via Sensex. Sensex is an index of 30 of the BSE’s largest stocks covering 12 sectors. The current market capitalisation of BSE is Rs.156.60 trillion.

National Stock Exchange:- The National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India is located in Mumbai, India. It was opened in 1992 for listing of companies. The NSE is the first stock exchange to use electronically traded technology in India. Currently the National Stock Exchange has a market capitalisation of $2.27 trillion which makes it the 11th largest stock exchange. The government set up the NSE in 1990s to bring transparency to the Indian markets. Investors have traditionally had a tough time trying to figure out which stocks to invest in and which ones to avoid. In order to obtain information about specific stocks and indices like NIFTY 100 you can click here.

Some of the trading and investments options offered by the National Stock Exchange are

Indices Mutual Funds Exchange Traded Funds Initial Public Offerings Security Lending and Borrowing Scheme etc. For Derivatives, the options to invest are Equity Derivatives (including Global Indices like CNX 500, Dow Jones and FTSE )and Currency Derivatives. Other options include Interest Rate Futures, Debt and Corporate Bonds.

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