The Evolution of Financial Markets

Financial markets have been around since the 1600s, and their evolution is forever progressing. The evolution of financial markets is changing so rapidly that retail traders are looking like they can be profitable investors. This is happening at an alarming rate, and if you do not have the ability to access financial markets with efficiency and long-term profitability, you may be missing out on one of the largest wealth opportunities for generations to come.

Welcome back! If you’re new to the channel, my name is Matt Jimenez. I’m an entrepreneur who has worked with the greatest minds in finance, and I’m here to pour into you guys everything that they pour into me. In this video, I want to directly address the timeline of financial markets, how they have progressed with the evolution of technology, and how easy it has become for people at home, like myself and you watching this, to access these markets and input trades. More importantly, I want to talk about how you can streamline the whole process without having to know the best way to do this.

But first, let’s go all the way back to 1602 when financial markets really took place, and this happened in the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. Later, after that, we had the London Stock Exchange in 1801. These early stock exchanges provided a centralized platform for investors to sell and buy shares of companies, and this marked the beginning of financial markets as we know them. This dated even before those dates, but nothing was official because most of it was done via trading with merchants exchanging goods or currencies, primarily commodities.

Fast forward to the 20th century, we witnessed significant changes in financial markets as we know them, with the introduction of electronic trading systems in the 1970s and the globalization of financial markets through advancements in communication and technology. By the late 20th century, traditional trading gave way to electronic platforms of trading, which essentially paved the way for a revolution to happen.

This leads us to the advancement of technology, which, as I said, revolutionized financial markets in the late 20th and 21st centuries. The widespread adoption of the internet in the 1990s ushered in a new era of online trading, enabling individuals and investors to access markets and execute trades through online brokerage platforms. The launch of online trading platforms like E-TRADE in 1992 and Ameritrade in 1995 democratized investment opportunities, empowering retail investors to participate in financial markets.

Through the 2000s to 2010s, advancements in algorithmic trading, high-frequency trading, and electronic communication networks, also known as ECNs, reshaped the landscape of financial markets. Algorithmic trading algorithms and automated trading strategies became extremely prevalent in day-to-day usage around this time because they optimized trading execution, making it far more efficient to participate in markets. High-frequency trading firms leveraged technology to execute their trades at lightning speed, contributing to market liquidity and price discovery.

Now that you understand a little bit about how much we’ve evolved over the years, you can see how, in the late 2000s to 2010s, there was exponential growth with the introduction of technology, which allowed for algorithmic trading software to take place and high-frequency trading to take place in firms and in the investment banking sector. But now, what’s happening is it’s becoming more and more prevalent for retail traders to access these algorithms that are extremely profitable and extremely efficient when it comes to beating the market.

A lot of people think that you need to manually position yourself and usher your way through financial markets, find positions, and find the strategy that works for you. But quite frankly, that is completely dated. More importantly, what you need to find is a technology that works for you. What I mean by that is finding one that you deem profitable, ensuring that it was back-tested to be profitable, and understanding who is providing it, whether it’s being provided by a broker or a company. The most optimal way to know if it’s profitable is obviously how much data is behind it and also who is behind it. You want to know the ethics and the morals of the people offering the technology.

Your efficiency in the markets today will have a far greater ROI if you find good technology rather than trying to find a good trading strategy that you could try to mimic. Learn the markets, choose the markets, and spend all your time on the computer trying to find the trades in the markets. You can see technology is not slowing down. As we move forward into the future, you must find a way to use certain technology to help you make market decisions.

Now, if you’re curious about the one that I’m using, the link is down below. And like always, my friends, peace.

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