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The Ultimate Stock Market Fractions Quiz
by Staff
If fractions scare you, you don't have to worry about judging stock values, since stocks are now priced in decimals. Knowing how stocks are priced and traded can help you make better investment decisions. Take this quiz to see how much you know why the stock market changed from fractions to decimals.

When did the New York Stock Exchange come into existence?

  • 1776
  • 1792
  • 1864

Which European country was a model for the New York Stock Exchange?

  • Italy
  • France
  • Spain

Who signed the Buttonwood Agreement?

  • bankers
  • brokers
  • both answers

What was a real?

  • Spanish currency
  • Italian currency
  • German currency

Why was the real divided into eight pieces?

  • Spaniards used their fingers to count.
  • Historians do not know the reason.
  • The Queen of Spain had eight husbands.

In 1792, on what currency was the U.S. dollar's value based?

  • Spanish real
  • English pound
  • Italian lira

What is the base of the decimal system?

  • base five
  • base eight
  • base 10

When stocks were priced using fractions, what was the smallest possible change in stock price?

  • fourth
  • eighth
  • tenth

What happened in 1997 to stock trading?

  • Fractions were converted to decimals.
  • Decimals were converted to fractions.
  • The spreads of stock trades were increased.

When did decimalization of stocks begin?

  • 2000
  • 2002
  • 2005

What is a stock spread?

  • smallest change in value
  • shares available
  • shares earnings per share

How will decimalization change stock trading?

  • easier to calculate
  • more confusing
  • harder to trade

How does decimalization change the stock spread?

  • increase to one dollar
  • decrease to 10 cents
  • decrease to one cent

How did stock spreads change after fractions were converted to decimals?

  • easier to calculate
  • harder to calculate
  • no change

What decimal is equivalent to three-eighths?

  • 0.125
  • 0.25
  • 3.7499999999999999E-2