The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade – from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-40 microsecond speeds with 99.999% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,400 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century.
We invented the electronic exchange – The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade – from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. We own and operate 24 markets, 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories.
The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. is the world’s largest exchange company. Our story began when we recognized the need for a faster, fairer, more transparent trading system. In creating one, we revolutionized trading and redefined what a stock market could be.
In that spirit of innovation and with a commitment to progress, today we are the home of the world’s most dynamic companies – over 3,600, in more than 70 exchanges and 50 countries to be exact. By providing a global stage and propelling them with the most advanced trading platform, we help a family of visionaries lead their industries and reshape our world.
Our listing requirements facilitate capital formation for companies worldwide. These requirements also protect current and prospective investors through the application of quantitative and corporate governance listing requirements, which are enforced through a transparent regulatory process.
NASDAQ has three marketplaces in the U.S.—The NASDAQ Global Select Market, The NASDAQ Global Market and The NASDAQ Capital Market. For detailed information on the listing standards for each marketplace, please see our Listing Center. NASDAQ’s quantitative listing requirements generally call for companies to meet higher thresholds for initial listing than for continued listing.
NASDAQ began forty years ago at the National Association of Securities Dealers, or NASD. The NASD wanted to create a way for investors to buy and sell stocks on a computerized, transparent, and fast system. This would eliminate the burden and inefficiency of in-person stock transactions, which had been the prevalent model for nearly a century. The NASD believed that investors could make more money by closing the price gaps between buyers and sellers, and technology had evolved enough at that point to make it happen.
On February 8, 1971, the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (NASDAQ) went live with median quotes for 2,500 over-the-counter securities. As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of electronic trading, we are proud that the revolutionary, disruptive model that the NASD developed in 1971 is now the standard for markets worldwide. In our early years, we gave growth companies the opportunity to raise capital that wasn’t previously available to them. Those companies (Intel, Microsoft, Apple, Cisco, Oracle, Dell, to name a few) used the capital raised on The NASDAQ Stock Market to make the cutting edge products that are now integral to our daily lives. These companies have also created millions of jobs around the world along the way.
Today, the NASDAQ OMX Group owns and operates 24 markets, 3 clearing houses, and 5 central securities depositories, spanning six continents–making us the world’s largest exchange company. Eighteen of our 24 markets trade equities. The other six trade options, derivatives, fixed income, and commodities. We are the largest single liquidity pool for US equities and the power behind 1 in 10 of the world’s securities transactions. Seventy exchanges in 50 countries trust our trading technology to power their markets, driving growth in emerging and developed economies.
Our electronic trading technology is trusted and emulated by every electronic equities exchange in the world, making the world’s capital markets move faster, more efficiently and more transparently.
The NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ) trades more U.S. equities than any other U.S. exchange. As an automatic execution venue, NASDAQ increases your speed of execution, ensuring your quote updates and orders are processed nearly instantaneously. NASDAQ is renowned for its high performance INET technology and has proven reliability with 99.99 % uptime. Firms count on NASDAQ for unsurpassed speed and tested capacity to execute trades quickly and efficiently. In addition, NASDAQ’s value-added products and services provide the complete package for your U.S. equity trading.
The NASDAQ OMX Nordic exchanges – comprised of exchanges in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen and Iceland – provide listing, trading, clearing of securities, market data and information services. We offer ease of access to more than 80 percent of the exchange trading in the Nordic countries. Our platform allows the exchanges to share the same trading system which enables efficient cross-border trading and settlement, cross membership, and one source for Nordic market data.