Lodewijk Petram

Lodewijk Petram studied economics and history at the University of Amsterdam, where he gained his doctorate in 2011 with a thesis on the stock market in seventeenth-century Amsterdam. The World’s First Stock Exchange won him the 2012 Dirk Jacob Veegens Prize from the Royal Holland Society of Sciences and Humanities. Petram writes for a variety of media. He also organizes city walks through Amsterdam’s financial centre.

De bakermat van de beurs

De bakermat van de beurs

Hoe in zeventiende-eeuws Amsterdam de moderne aandelenhandel ontstond

(Atlas Contact, 2011, 270 pagina's)

We are up to our necks in the financial markets these days, whether we like it or not. But how did we get here? Lodewijk Petram’s fascinating new book tells us. Back in the early seventeenth century, Amsterdam was in the process of growing from a regional market town into Europe’s dominant financial centre. It all started with the launch of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, which introduced easily transferable shares. Within days people were trading them, and soon they were engaged in a wide range of complex transactions, including forwards, futures, options and bear raids. By 1680 the techniques deployed in the Amsterdam market were as sophisticated as any today.

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