The first corporation to be established in the United States was the Bank of North America, which incorporated in Philadelphia in 1782. Although the New York Stock Exchange was established in 1792, the Philadelphia Stock Exchange predated the NYSE by three years, being established in 1789. After Alexander Hamilton helped stabilize the US economy following the Revolutionary War, investment in The Bank of the United States and other early companies helped spur growth in the American Economy.
With GFD’s historical stock data, you can analyze the role of balancing and insurance companies in the early US economy, the rise of railroads in the 1840s, the growth of steel companies in the late 1800s the boom of automobiles in the early 1900s, and the popularity of the radio stocks before the collapse of the economy in the 1930s followed by the trends in health and technology stocks at the end of the 20th Century.
GFD provides historical price data on over 75,000 securities including over 60,000 delisted securities. Data is available not only from the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ, but from the regional exchanges, such as Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, and San Francisco. Data on thousands of over-the-counter companies, such as banks and insurance companies which were not listed on any exchange, are included as well.