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What is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange?

Frankfurt Stock Exchange

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (FSE), previously known as the Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse – FWB, is the largest of Germany’s seven regional stock exchanges. It is the 12th largest stock exchange in the world with a market capitalisation approaching $2bn. Located in the business district in Frankfurt, the exchange is operated by Deutsche Börse, which together with the Börse Frankfurt Zertifikate, is the repository of the exchange.

Key takeaways:

  • The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is one of the largest stock exchanges in the world and the primary trading venue for German stocks.

  • The Frankfurt Stock Exchange has a long history, dating back to the 16th century when it was established as a marketplace for merchants and traders.

  • The Frankfurt Stock Exchange is owned and operated by Deutsche Börse AG, which also operates several other European stock exchanges.

  • The Frankfurt Stock Exchange uses a fully electronic trading system, called Xetra, which provides investors with real-time trading data and access to a wide range of securities, including stocks, bonds, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Where have you heard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange?

As an investor you have likely heard of the FSE stock exchange as it is home to the widely followed Deutscher Aktien Index (DAX), an index of 30 blue-chip German companies that are listed on the exchange. Companies in the DAX include large multinational companies like Allianz (ALV), BASF (BAS), Bayer (BAYN), SAP (SAP) and Siemens (SIE), which together account for 43 per cent of the index. STOXX, which is owned by Deutsche Börse and operates the DAX, also manages the EuroStoxx 50 Index of the largest companies in the Eurozone.

What do you need to know about the Frankfurt Stock Exchange?

One of the oldest exchanges in the world, Frankfurt Stock Exchange history is rooted in the trade fairs of medieval times. An official stock exchange was established in 1666 when the first regulations and rules were enacted. The exchange primarily dealt with the trading of government bonds and funds until 1850. The operation and management of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange was transferred from the Frankfurt Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the newly founded FWB in 1990. Today, more than 250 trading institutions and over 4,500 traders from around the world are active on the exchange. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange trading hours are 09:00-17:30 from Monday to Friday, with the exception of public holidays.

How many companies are listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange?

The exchange lists thousands of companies from more than 80 countries. Companies can be listed on either the Regulated Market, which is subject to EU law, or the Open Market, which is regulated by the exchange.

What is the difference between the Xetra and the Frankfurt Stock Exchange?

You might have heard of the Xetra, but are you unsure how it relates to the stock exchange? The Xetra is the electronic trading platform for the exchange, which was launched in 1997. It has a market share of more than 70 per cent. Stock prices on the Xetra form the basis of the Deutscher Aktien Index (DAX).

The turnover on Xetra’s order book stood at €126.7bn in February 2021, with 90 per cent of it generated in Germany.

The Börse Frankfurt also offers specialist trading for private investors on the trading floor with more than 1 million securities from Germany and abroad.

Is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange a regulated market?

The exchange is regulated by the Hessian Ministry of Economics, which is the securities and exchange commission for the German State of Hesse, where Frankfurt is the capital. It also comes under the jurisdiction of the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin). The Trading Surveillance Office is an independent body at the exchange that supervises the conduct of the markets to protect investors.

Is the Frankfurt Stock Exchange open right now?

Trading hours are on every trading day from 9:00 to 17:30 (Xetra) and 8:00 to 22:00.

Is Xetra same as Frankfurt?

Xetra is an electronic trading platform operated by Deutsche Börse, which is the organization that also operates the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. While Xetra is the most widely used trading venue for German stocks, it is not the only one. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange encompasses multiple trading platforms, including Xetra. Xetra is known for its high liquidity and efficiency in trading a variety of securities, including stocks, bonds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and other financial instruments.

How can I buy stocks in Germany?

To buy stocks in Germany:

  1. Research and educate yourself about the stock market.
  2. Choose a reputable brokerage firm or online broker.
  3. Open an account with the chosen broker.
  4. Fund your brokerage account.
  5. Conduct research on German stocks.
  6. Place an order to buy the desired stocks.
  7. Monitor your investments and stay updated on market trends.
  8. Review and adjust your portfolio as needed.

Who owns Xetra?

the Deutsche Börse Group.

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