The Ultimate Stock Market Quiz
by Staff
Don't fear this quiz if you aren't a financial whiz -- we're just testing your basic knowledge and throwing in some history here and there. Check it out and see what you know about the stock market!

Where's the oldest stock exchange in the world?

  • Lyon, France
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • Hamburg, Germany
  • Toulouse, France
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Geneva, Switzerland

Where was the first stock exchange in the United States?

  • Boston, Mass.
  • New York, N.Y.
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Washington, D.C.

The founders of the New York Stock Exchange took inspiration from which country's stock market?

  • Great Britain
  • France
  • Italy
  • Spain

What was the first listed company on the NYSE?

  • Nationwide Insurance
  • Prudential
  • Bank of New York
  • Merrill Lynch

What's the largest stock exchange in the world, in terms of market capitalization (basically, the total value of all listed companies)?

  • New York Stock Exchange
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange
  • Bombay Stock Exchange
  • London Stock Exchange
  • Hong Kong Stock Exchange

What's the name for the method of communications used by stock traders frantically running around a trading floor and using hand signals?

  • verbal auction
  • open outcry
  • hand dealing

Which of the following is an example of a defensive stock?

  • a weapons manufacturer
  • a utility company
  • an auto manufacturer

What does it mean when a trader flashes four fingers parallel to the floor, palm out?

  • sell four shares
  • sell nine shares
  • buy four shares
  • buy nine shares

What was the first totally electronic stock market?

  • London Stock Exchange
  • NYSE
  • Tokyo Stock Exchange

How many companies are in the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  • 10
  • 30
  • 50
  • 100
  • 130

Which company is NOT a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average?

  • Verizon
  • Amazon
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Wal-Mart
  • Pfizer
  • Home Depot
  • Boeing
  • American Express

What's the name of the Canadian stock market?

  • the Canadian Stock Exchange
  • the Toronto Stock Exchange
  • the Ottawa Stock Exchange

What do we call a strong economy -- a bull or bear market?

  • bull
  • bear

Who directed the 1983 movie, "Trading Places"?

  • John Landis
  • Ivan Reitman
  • Dan Akroyd

Is insider trading ever legal?

  • yes
  • no

When is insider trading illegal?

  • When a company employee makes a certain percentage profit from selling stock in a company he or she works for.
  • When a company employee makes a trade using private knowledge that can affect the company's stock price.

Which act, created in 2002, seeks to cut down on insider trading by (among other things) banning all trades of a company's stock during certain "blackout windows"?

  • the Sarbanne-Toxley Act
  • the Sorbonne-Foxley Act
  • the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • the Sorbanes-Croxley Act

Which federal agency is responsible for regulating the stock markets?

  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Federal Reserve System

What "Greed is good" character is Michael Douglas reprising for Oliver Stone?

  • Dan Gallagher
  • William Foster
  • Nick Curran
  • Gordon Gekko
  • Nick Conklin
  • Bud Fox

What historic agreement rang in the start of the New York Stock Exchange in 1792?

  • Buttonhole Agreement
  • Cottonwool Agreement
  • Clothespin Agreement
  • Buttonwood Agreement
  • Cottonclub Agreement