What is a Bourse?

The term Bourse and its many derivations, are the common terms used in non-English speaking countries to denote a commodity exchange.

There are two theories as to the origins of the term. The first claims that the term come from the French word for purse. The other asserts that the name originates with one of the first organised commodity exchanges in Europe, the Ter Beurze house in Bruges, Belgium. The house itself was named after the family who owned and operated it.

English: Mansion of family Van der Beurze in B...

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