Wall Street

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A term that refers to the financial district of New York City, where many of the largest and most influential banks, corporations, and stock exchanges
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The phrase "Wall Street" refers to the financial area of New York City, which is home to many of the biggest and most significant financial institutions, businesses, and stock exchanges. Along with being a source of riches, power, and controversy, Wall Street also serves as a representation of the American economy and capitalism.

The Dutch colonists who established New Amsterdam (later renamed New York) constructed a wall along the southern perimeter of their settlement to defend it from attacks by Native Americans and other European rivals in the 17th century, which is when Wall Street first appeared. The wall was taken down in 1699, but the street that ran alongside it kept its name.

24 brokers formed an agreement to trade securities under a buttonwood tree on Wall Street in 1792, founding the first stock exchange in New York. The Buttonwood Accord also referred to as the "Buttonwood Agreement," is regarded as the cornerstone of the NYSE, which is still housed on Wall Street today.

One of the most significant stock exchanges in the world is the NYSE, where shares from thousands of businesses representing a wide range of sectors and nations are listed for trade. The NYSE is also the place where the renowned opening and closing bells, which mark the beginning and end of each trading day, are located.

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, one of the 12 regional banks that make up the American central banking system, is another well-known organization on Wall Street. For the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is in charge of carrying out monetary policy, monitoring financial institutions, and managing foreign exchange operations. Additionally, it has a vault that is home to gold reserves worth more than $200 billion.

Bankers, brokers, dealers, investors, hedge fund managers, CEOs, and analysts are just a few of the powerful and well-off businesspeople and personalities associated with Wall Street. Among the most well-known individuals connected to Wall Street are J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie, Warren Buffett, George Soros, Jamie Dimon, Lloyd Blankfein, and Michael Bloomberg.

Wall Street has also been at the center of many historical events and crises that have affected the American and global economy, such as:
  • The Panic of 1907, which was brought on by a failed attempt to corner the copper market and resulted in a banking crisis and recession, was caused by this.
  • The Great Depression officially began in 1929 after the Wall Street Crash, which brought an end to the Roaring Twenties.
  • The stock market's largest ever one-day percentage decline occurred on Black Monday in 1987.
  • The Dot-com Bubble of the late 1990s and early 2000s was stoked by unwarranted speculative enthusiasm and interest in internet-based businesses.
  • The subprime mortgage market collapse that caused the Global Financial Crisis of 2007–2008, which led to a credit crisis, a bank bailout, and a severe recession, was the cause.
  • Economic inequality, corporate greed, and corruption were protested during the Occupy Wall Street movement of 2011–2012.

Wall Street is still essential to the modern financial system and economy. In the age of globalization, regulation, innovation, and social responsibility, it also faces new opportunities and problems.