Today we are going to talk about the stock market. Some people argue about what time or when was the first corporate stock traded. Some say it was the Dutch East India Company founded in 1602. Others believe that the first trade was ancient Rome. If you would have been alive in 1602 or if you could take a time machine back to that time of the Dutch East India Company it would have been good to invest in that company. The company paid an average dividend of over 16% from 1602 to 1650. That is pretty good.