From Boats to Brokers From the Dutch East India Company to Wall Street, the stock market has a long and storied history. Share | Have A Question About This Topic? Name Email Address Message Thank you! Oops! Related Content Inflation and Your Portfolio Even low inflation rates can pose a threat to investment returns. How the Federal Reserve Works Each day, the Fed is behind the scenes supporting the economy and providing services to the U.S. financial system. Keys to Investing for Retirement There are some key concepts to understand when investing for retirement.