From Boats to Brokers From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history. Share | Have A Question About This Topic? Name Email Address Message Thank you! Oops! Related Content What Smart Investors Know Smart investors take the time to separate emotion from fact. Four Really Good Reasons to Invest There are four very good reasons to start investing. Do you know what they are? Taxable vs. Tax-Deferred Savings Use this calculator to compare the future value of investments with different tax consequences.