NYSE, MAY 17, 1792
"A group of 24 brokers signed an agreement to trade with one another and charge a uniform commission rate, marking the beginnings of the NYSE. Their compact was signed beneath a Buttonwood tree on Wall Street."
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Here are some good books on financial trading:
Trader Vic - Methods of a Wall Street Master by Victor Sperandeo.
Trader Vic II - Principles of Professional Speculation by Victor Sperandeo.
How to Beat the Street with Plan Z by Morris Markovitz.
Trading for a Living by Dr. Alexander Elder.
The Speculator's Edge by Albert Peter Pacelli.