The end of the Cold War changed the dynamics of the world as the division that consisted of the Free World and Communist Bloc countries was eliminated. This major shift from political and militarily driven interests to financial and economic concerns has caused nations and their regional affiliations to concentrate on the implementation of measures designed to strengthen fiscal and other programs which enhance their ability to compete both regionally as well as globally. The increased level of global interdependence has meant that individual countries have and are focused on ensuring that their internal economic and monetary policies utilize formats and frameworks in keeping with the accepted international and regional norms as this yields benefits for the country in terms of trade as well as internal economics. The example of the United States after the end of World War II has served as a model concerning capital formation to aid companies in the raising of money to finance the expansion of their business interests on a global scale. As a result of that country’s seamless capital market structure (stock markets), it has the largest singular system for investors under the protection and oversight of the United States Federal Government to participate in. Individual as well as institutional investors can gain access to the stocks of various companies through the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange (AMEX), and the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotation (NASDAQ).