Room 9 – The stock exchange, just an ordinary market

The term bourse or stock exchange to designate a place where papers representing economic assets are exchanged originates from a proper name, that of Van der Buerse square in Bruges, the trading place for 14th century merchants. The word caught on very quickly in everyday language. Let’s see how it works nowadays…

The stock exchange, just an ordinary market

The stock exchange, just an ordinary market

Stocks and shares, bonds, Dow Jones, Bel 20, exchange rates… We all hear these terms every day. They are an integral part of the media scene. But do we really know what they refer to, or what exactly they mean? This room explains how the financial markets work and how they react to important news or events. The National Bank’s Museum offers you some real examples.

Floor map museum - room 9