From Boats to Brokers From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history. Share | Related Content The Fed and How It Got That Way Here is a quick history of the Federal Reserve and an overview of what it does. Earnings for All Seasons Earnings season can move markets. What is it and why is it important? 5 Smart Investing Principles Principles that can help create a portfolio designed to pursue investment goals.