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Euronext Amsterdam began in 1607 as the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and is the oldest exchange in the world. It is currently a subsidiary of Euronext.
Its flagship index is the AEX Index, which reflects the performance of the 25 most actively traded shares listed on Euronext Amsterdam, and is the most widely used indicator of the Dutch stock market economy.
The exchange has a market cap of $5.44 trillion, as of February 2021.
Euronext Amsterdam is governed by the Act on Financial Supervision of September 28, 2006. Its licence is granted to Euronext by the Dutch Minister of Finance. The AFM (Autoriteit Financiële Markten) and the Dutch National Bank act as the regulatory authority for members of Euronext Amsterdam.
Its proprietary trading platform is called Optiq.
Trading of corporate shares originated in Amsterdam in 1607 when the giant shipping company ‘Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie’ (The Dutch East India Company) needed to finance the transport of goods from the Far East. Shares in this company were the first immediately-deliverable shares traded in the world. Those were quickly followed by the first futures and options. By the end of the 17th century, the stock exchange had a permanent place at the heart of the financial sector.
The exchange opened a new, renovated trading floor in October of 2011. Her Royal Highness Princess Maxima of the Netherlands sounded the gong to celebrate the opening.
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange merged with the Brussels Stock Exchange and the Paris Stock Exchange in September 2000 to form Euronext.