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Amy M. Froide

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767985

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767985.001.0001

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Gender and Risk in the Early Stock Market

Gender and Risk in the Early Stock Market

(p.151) 6 Gender and Risk in the Early Stock Market
Silent Partners

Amy M. Froide

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines female investors’ exposure to risk in the early stock market. While today we assume women investors are less likely to take risks, in the eighteenth century this was not the case. Women exposed themselves to risk in their embrace of new financial opportunities. While female investors were definitely hurt by the most famous crash of the era, the South Sea Bubble, there were other lesser known bubbles that proved risky as well. This chapter examines the financial scandals that beset the London Orphan’s Fund, the Mine Adventurers Company, and the Charitable Corporation and how they impacted women. Lastly, this chapter explores women’s role in creating risk rather than merely being victims of it. The Financial Revolution also provided illicit opportunities for women to make money by defrauding others.

Keywords:   London Orphan’s Fund, Mine Adventurers Company, Charitable Corporation, South Sea Bubble, risk, fraud, loss, broker

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