5 Facts About the New York Stock Exchange You Never Knew
Planning a visit to Wall Street and want to learn more about the New York Stock Exchange? Here are five NYSE facts you probably didn’t know before.
1. It’s old — really old.
In fact, the NYSE is the oldest stock exchange in the United States. It was founded when brokers signed the “Buttonwood Agreement” on May 17, 1792.
2. Over the years, it’s had more than one name.
In 1863, its name changed from New York Stock & Exchange Board (NYS&EB) to the New York Stock Exchange, the name it carries today.
3. It’s closed to the public, but it wasn’t always that way.
The New York Stock Exchange building has been closed to the public since the terrorist attacks September 11, 2001, at Ground Zero.
4. Membership in the NYSE set a record in 1987.
The cost was $1.5 million, no small sum back in the ’80s — or today, for that matter.
5. The famous façade has a title.
George B. Post designed what is now the NYSE building, completed in 1903. J.A. Ward sculpted the façade, which is titled “Integrity Protecting the Works of Man.”
Can’t get enough of the New York Stock Exchange?
You sound like our kind of NYC traveler!
We wrote a whole blog post about how to experience the NYSE. It covers how this financial institution began and ways the trading floor has changed over the years. We also share how you can experience the NYSE today — assuming you’re not starting a career that will take you inside the building.
Meanwhile, we hope these fun facts about the New York Stock Exchange piqued your interest in learning more about this corner of New York. These five facts really just scratch the surface of what’s here on Wall Street, NYC.
We’d love to show you around on one of our tours when you visit New York City. Our Wall Street insiders can answer all your questions and share a few true tales that will surprise you. Facts are fun, but it’s the insider stories our tour-goers love most.