The parent company of the New York Stock Exchange says it has agreed to be acquired by the operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, Deutsche Boerse.
The deal announced Tuesday will create the world's largest financial markets company. Deutsche Boerse shareholders will own 60 percent of the new company. Shareholders of NYSE Euronext Inc. will own the rest.
Investment professionals reacted to the foreign buyout of a U.S. icon while facing the reality that the merger is strictly business in a global economy.
"It reminds me of the '80s when we were worried about Japan coming and buying everything we hold dear — Pebble Beach golf course, the Washington Monument, the Statue of Liberty, everything. But I think it's short–lived and then it's back to business."
— Scott Marcouiller
Chief technical market strategist, Wells Fargo (News - Alert) Advisors
St. Louis, Mo.
"The deal reaffirms what Wall Street already knows: Open–outcry trading is dead. The exchanges are now electronic and size and scale matter."
Chief investment officer, Harris Private Bank
"Technology has been so strong that it's creating a one–world market. This is just one more step in that direction. Whether we like it or not, the world's moving forward on that technological platform and we don't have a choice if we want to be a leader. If we don't get on board this train we're going to be left behind."
President, Empyrion Wealth Management
"Clients aren't even asking about it. It's a natural event. In the end, if people can get a great execution (of their trades), they won't care if they're executing on the New York Stock Exchange or somewhere else."
Chief investment officer, Paragon Wealth Management
"The NYSE is going to basically be blurred with dozens of on–market and off–market traders around the world and that the standards of listing that were once the envy of the world will be eroded and the accounting principles used to establish the listings will be diluted. The outcome is that investors will be more on their own rather than having a stock exchange play the role of maintaining high quality."
Managing director, LIATI Group LLC, a boutique merchant banking firm
New York City
"One concern I would have is how it would impact which stocks can trade on those exchanges and what oversight there is going to be to make sure their i's are dotted and their t's are crossed. Who's in charge of it? Is it going to be a joint task between countries? That's the only aspect that worries me."
Senior portfolio manager, Rehmann, an accounting, consulting, and financial advisory firm
Ann Arbor, Mich.
"We may lose the cachet of having the once–powerful New York Stock Exchange, which was a powerful brand for many years. It won't be the same brand it was before but at least it will still be in existence and it will keep New York City and the United States as players in the financial services industry."
Founder and managing partner, Agon Capital, commodities trading firm
New York City
"It won't make a lot of difference for the average investor. What it does is continue to make sure that markets have a lot of buyers and sellers coming together. That's usually good news for individual investors."
Investment strategist, Edward Jones
"This merger isn't a quick turnaround. It's going to face regulatory scrutiny and potentially political scrutiny and maybe some political backlash because we're 'losing one of our icons.' But I suspect that's going to be blustering and rhetoric and nothing's going to come of it."
Portfolio manager and chief investment officer, The Haverford Trust Co.