The new exhibition in Olten (Switzerland) shows just how relevant financial and economic history is to our time. The exhibition Booms & crashes Securities tell the story of the stock exchange and will take you on a journey through 400 years of stock trading, as documented by approx. 90 securities of companies that “made history” in their day.The exhibition does not solely target stock traders, who are not likely to take their eyes off the built-in stock market ticker near the entrance for long: It also hopes to attract novices and aspiring investors. One thing for sure, however, the present crisis is not a new phenomenon, but as old as the financial world. And, after all, the system of stocks is the best human invention to distribute welfare and prosperity so far. Human shortcomings are to blame, not the stocks for centuries of crises.