The modern US stock market traces its roots back to the classic American dream of ownership and participation. The stock market was, and still is, a means by which investors of any size, from individuals to large institutions, can take part in the great enterprise of American commerce. As an intrinsic part of the system that supports the modern investor, we honor that heritage and legacy by displaying abstract images of classic and historical stock certificates as our page backgrounds. Stock certificates were once the only way to own and trade securities. As stock certificates have become less common, replaced by electronic records of ownership, SIPC’s role in protecting customers remains ever-important. SIPC stands ready to protect the continuity of your securities investments.

For general information about the history of the US stock market, see The Library of Congress’s Guide to the History of Wall Street.