Financial Facts Read these Surprising Financial Facts Most Investors Don't Know by Speed Soulution LTD. The global bond market The global bond market was valued at more than $99 trillion in 2011, according to a report from Morgan Stanley. That's nearly twice as large as the global stock market in 2011, which was valued around $54 trillion, according to a report from McKinsey Global Institute. Bill Gates Bill Gates told his Harvard University professors that he would be a millionaire by age 30. He became a billionaire at age 31. The Amsterdam stock exchange The Amsterdam stock exchange (now part of the Euronext exchange) first listed shares in 1602. The first stock to be traded was that of the Dutch East India Company, a multinational mega-corporation granted a monopoly by the Dutch government to conduct trade with Asia. Agricultural giant, Cargill, Inc. Agricultural giant, Cargill, Inc., is the largest privately held company in the U.S, according to Forbes. If it went public, it would rank among the top 20 companies in the Fortune 500 in terms of revenue. It employs nearly 130,000 people and had revenues of nearly $110 billion. 1 in 3 Americans report having no savings More than half (55%) of Americans reported just breaking even or spending more than they make each month, and one-third (33%) said their household has no savings. Learn more. 1 in 4 people said they'd helped friends or relatives with expenses When asked in 2014, one-quarter (26%) of Americans reported providing financial assistance for day-to-day expenses to someone outside their immediate family in the previous year. The median dollar amount of assistance provided was $1,000.