La palabra del día: Bolsa

Feminine noun. In Business Spanish a bolsa is a facility where stockbrokers and traders can buy and sell securities, such as shares of stock, bonds, and other financial instruments. E.g.: Los inversores vendieron las acciones en la bolsa: Investors traded the shares on the stock exchange.
We have a lexical combination here: cotizar en bolsa. E.g.: Las acciones de YPF cotizan en la bolsa de Buenos Aires: YPF shares are listed on the Buenos Aires stock exchange. If we want to express the moment the company is listed for the first time, the expression we use is salir a bolsa or, curiously, entrar en bolsa.
The word bolsa has its origin in a place where trade meetings were held back in the 13th and 14th centuries, the ‘Huis ter Buërse’, belonged to a Flemish family from Bruges, surnamed Van Der Buërse. The coat of arms of this family displayed three leather bags (bolsas), the purses of the time. dc

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