The emerging and rapidly popularizing concept of globalization is out there, within the reach of economies throughout the world. Through the years, people from different countries have always strived and attempted to invest and infuse portions of their capital in different offshore or international market. The advocacy of several economies and governments for globalization has somehow triggered and prompted rise and popularity of international stock trading.
History of stock trading
To understand the deep root and nature of international stock trading, it would help if you would quickly look at the brief and short history of stock market trading.
It is believed that stock market trading started in the 11th century in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo. That trading involved credit and debt payment schemes between the country’s early Muslims and the trading Jewish merchants.
In the 12th century, French farmers started trading their agricultural goods and harvest through debts provided and credited to them by banks. Thus, the goods were treated like commodities which are valued at how much the actual market value of the harvest is.
In 1602, The formal stock market trading started with the launch and pilot operations of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. The Dutch East India Company was the first to list its shares or stocks in the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
Thus, the company holds the record of being the first company to be ever listed and to issue bonds and stocks.
Since 1602, stock market trading has come a long way. But basically, the concept and principle of stock market trading is still upheld and is still being implemented up to now.
Cross-border stock trading
Now, could you blame investors and stock market traders if they would want to invest in stocks on the other border?
As of now, stock markets around Europe are facilitating for legal and easy stock market transactions for stock traders in the region. The system and scheme is shielded and protected by the provisions and regulations of the European Union, which rule and cover 25 of that continent’s countries.
In the US, the New York Stock Exchange is also facilitating international or offshore stock trading transactions of stocks. There are Japanese, Indian, Chinese and other firms listed in the world’s biggest and most looked upon bourse exchange or operator.
Though international trading of offshore companies are allowed, there are of course, still, restrictions and regulations in place to make sure no problems and issue would arise in the future.
Now, countries are meeting and formulating strategies to make international stock trading free from stringent and strict regulations.
For the time being, all investors can do is just sit back and think and aim for that situation, when international stock trading is a common and widespread practice. It would not take long.