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New York Stock Exchange, between 1900 and 1905.
The New York Stock Exchange building, early 1900s

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New York Stock Market Opened on Wall Street
January 4, 1865

Although the official Stock Exchange opened in 1865, the trading of stocks and bonds began much earlier. The federal government started the U.S. investment market in 1790 to issue bonds (loans) that would help pay off the debt from the American Revolution against Great Britain, which America won in 1783.

Today the New York Stock Exchange is the biggest stock exchange in this country and it is located just a few doors away from this original stock exchange building.

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