The Caracas Stock Exchange, or Bolsa de Valores de Caracas (BVC) is a stock exchange headquartered in the capital city of Venezuela, Caracas. It is a private exchange and its origins date back to 1805, even though the official foundation date is January 21, 1947. BVC has been completely electronic since February 1992. Alongside stocks, it lists fixed income products, bonds and other debt instruments.
In 1990, the market was the second best-performing worldwide, with a whopping increment of 602%. The year that followed marked the highest point ever reached by the main index (Indice Bursátil Caracas), which has yet to recover such levels. Among the listed companies, the largest ones are Banco de Venezuela, Banco Provincial and Mercantil Servicios Financieros. BVC is a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Federation of Stock markets.