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SIX Swiss Exchange

SIX Swiss Exchange

The main stock exchange in the country of Switzerland. Based in Zurich, the exchange allows for the trading of government bonds and derivatives, as well as stocks.

It's normally included in lists of the world's 20 major stock exchanges.

Key takeaways:

  • The SIX Swiss Exchange is one of the primary stock exchanges in Switzerland, providing a platform for trading various securities including stocks, bonds, derivatives, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

  • The exchange has strict listing requirements to ensure the quality and credibility of listed companies. These requirements encompass financial performance, corporate governance, and transparency standards.

  • The SIX Swiss Exchange operates within a robust regulatory framework, ensuring investor protection, market integrity, and fair trading practices.

  • The SIX Swiss Exchange employs advanced trading technologies, including electronic trading platforms, to facilitate fast and efficient trading.

Where have you heard about the SIX Swiss Exchange?

The SIX Swiss Exchange is famous for being the first global stock exchange to adopt a fully automated trading, clearing and settlement system. It's used such a system since 1995.

Highlights in SIX Swiss Exchange’s history

1850 - The Swiss Exchange was established in 1850 in Geneva, initially serving as a platform for trading securities and foreign currencies.

1995 - Switzerland's three stock exchanges (in Geneva, Basle and Zurich) merge to form the SWX.

1999 - The SWX New Market was launched as a separate segment of the Swiss Exchange, catering to the needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) seeking access to capital markets.

2000 - The ETF segment launches.

2008 - The Swiss Exchange Group rebranded itself as SIX Group, and the Swiss Exchange was renamed SIX Swiss Exchange, aligning it with the group's broader financial services offerings.

2010 - The exchange begins to trade exchange-traded products.

2019 - SIX Swiss Exchange launched SIX Digital Exchange (SDX), aiming to establish a regulated platform for trading digital assets.

What you need to know about the SIX Swiss Exchange

The SIX Swiss Exchange oversees a range of indices, including the blue-chip Swiss Market Index

The exchange is part of the broader SIX Group, which is owned by around 130 banks. Along with the SIX Swiss Exchange, the group operates Europe's largest fully automated vault, provides card processing services, and serves as a financial data provider.

Find out more about the SIX Swiss Exchange

For more information on how stocks are actually traded, see our definition of stock market.

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