New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), one of the world`s largest publicly traded securities and other investments. The exchange a born out of a meeting of 24 brokers under a wood in 1792 on Wall Street, today in New York. In 1817 it was officially incorporated as the New York Stock and Exchange Board. Today`s name was adopted in 1863. For most of the NYSE`s history, ownership of the Exchange has been controlled by members – limited (since 1953) to 1366 – and the only way to obtain membership was to purchase (since 1868) a seat of an existing member. We, the subscribers, brokers for the purchase and sale of the public stock, solemnly promise by this and we promise each other that we will not buy or sell from this day on for any person, any type of public shares, at less than a quarter of a percent commission on specie value and that we will mutually give each other preference in our negotiations. In testimony, from where we put our hands this May 17 in New York, 1792.  A group of 24 brokers and traders decided that after the financial panic of 1792, it was necessary to preserve investor interest and restore confidence in trade and investment. This group met under the tree and signed the Buttonwood Agreement on May 17, 1792. This monumental agreement first set the commercial parameter of the NYSE known today. The agreement itself was an attempt to bring order after the financial panic of 1792, when prices had fallen, business had been noticed and bank hits were running. The idea was to create a club where all those who acted were governed by the same rules. The agreement established that brokers could only behave among themselves and moderated the amount they could calculate in commissions.
www.moaf.org/exhibits/trading_street/buttonwood-display In the fintech era, no one gathers under a button tree to trade shares, but the fundamental principle of the Buttonwood Agreement remains the principle of trust. Your clients have relied on you to help them achieve their life goals and care for their families for generations, and you trust Orion to provide the technology that helps you do so. The Buttonwood Agreement was signed in 1792 between 24 Wall Street brokers and traders in New York to create a stock exchange.