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Financial Innovation, Regulation and Crises in History by Harold James

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By Harold James

With contributions from world-renowned figures corresponding to Niall Ferguson and Adair Turner, this quantity investigates how monetary associations and markets have gone through or reacted to previous pressures, and the regulatory responses that emerged for this reason.

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De Meijere, however, was to receive a share from Jacques van de Geer and Hans Pellicorne and therefore he asked Abelijn if he would be Contract Enforcement on the World’s First Stock Exchange 23 satisfied if they delivered the share to him. Abelijn referred the question to Overlander. But Overlander had just heard a rumour that Van de Geer and Pellicorne were on the verge of going bankrupt, so he refused to accept this deal, unless De Meijere would explicitly indemnify him against any trouble. De Meijere then proposed to let Hans Bouwer, who also owed a share to him, deliver the share instead.

The defendants in the case started by Sebastiaen da Cunha did not even bother to appear in court. Just like Haeck, Da Cunha wanted to be relieved from his contractual obligations. In 1665, he had bought a number of forward contracts with VOC shares with a nominal value of several thousands of guilders as underlying assets from a total of nine counterparties. During the terms of these contracts the Second Anglo-Dutch War (1665–7) broke out, leading to a price decrease of 35 per cent (from around 490 per cent51 in 1664 to 315 per cent52 in September/October 1665).

The attestation used by Cotinho’s solicitor was dated 27 October 1684: a number of brokers stated before a notary that the customary settlement term was three or four weeks. 45 The market custom regarding the term for contract settlement did thus not have legal status. A contract neither lost its validity after the term had expired,46 nor were traders able to claim title to a contract on the basis of the market custom. But the courts’ judgements did not stop the market from using its customary practices for the settlement of contracts.

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