Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Frankfurt Stock Exchange
Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse
Type Stock exchange
Location Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany
Coordinates 50°06′55″N 8°40′40″E / 50.11528°N 8.67778°E / 50.11528; 8.67778
Founded 1585
Owner Deutsche Börse, Börse Frankfurt Zertifikate AG
Currency Euro
Market cap US$ 1,776 billion (July 2015)[1]
Building in the center of Frankfurt
The bear and the bull in front of the Exchange

The Frankfurt Stock Exchange (Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse, FWB) is the world's 10th largest stock exchange by market capitalization.[2]

Organisation of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

Located in Frankfurt, Germany, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is owned and operated by Deutsche Börse AG and Börse Frankfurt Zertifikate AG. It is located in the district of Innenstadt and within the central business district known as Bankenviertel.[2]

With 90 per cent of its turnover generated in Germany, namely at the two trading venues Xetra and Börse Frankfurt, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is the largest of the seven regional securities exchanges in Germany.[2]

The trading indices are DAX, DAXplus, CDAX, DivDAX, LDAX, MDAX, SDAX, TecDAX, VDAX and EuroStoxx 50.[3]

Trading venues Xetra and Börse Frankfurt

Through its Deutsche Börse Cash Market business section, Deutsche Börse AG now operates two trading venues at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

Market surveillance and protective mechanisms

Trading at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange is governed by clear rules, which apply equally for all trading participants. Independent market surveillance is made up of the Trading Surveillance Office (HÜSt), the Exchange Supervisory Authority attached to the Hessian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Transportation, and Regional Development, and the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).[6]

With a view to improving the continuity of prices and to avoid mistrades, several protective mechanisms are in place for the trading venues Xetra and Börse Frankfurt. These include volatility interruption, market order interruption, and liquidity interruption measures.[5]


The origins of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange go back to medieval trade fairs in the 11th century.[5] By the 16th century Frankfurt developed into a wealthy and busy city with an economy based on trade and financial services.

In 1585 a bourse was established to set up fixed currency exchange rates, which is considered to mark the 'birth' of the stock exchange.[5] During the following centuries Frankfurt developed into one of the world's first stock exchanges - next to London and Paris. Bankers like Mayer Amschel Rothschild and Max Warburg had substantial influence on Frankfurt's financial trade.

In 1879 Frankfurt Stock Exchange moved into its new building at Börsenplatz.[6]

It was only in 1949 after World War II that the Frankfurt Stock Exchange finally established as the leading stock exchange in Germany with consequently incoming national and international investments.

Frankfurt Stock Exchange floor

During the 1990s the Frankfurt Stock Exchange was also bourse for the Neuer Markt (German for New Market) as part of the worldwide dot-com boom.

In 1993 the Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (Frankfurt Stock Exchange) became Deutsche Börse AG, operating businesses for the exchange.

From the early 1960s onwards the Frankfurt Stock Exchange took advantage of the close by Bundesbank which effectively decided on financial policies in Europe until the introduction of the euro in 2002. Since then the exchange profits from the presence of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

In 2002 and 2004 Deutsche Börse was in advanced negotiations to take over London Stock Exchange, which were broken off in 2005.[7]


  1. Deutsche Boerse AG, Summary as of 24 July 2015., retrieved 26 July 2015
  2. 1 2 3 Market, Deutsche Börse Cash. "Deutsche Börse Cash Market - Organisation of the FWB". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  3. Market, Deutsche Börse Cash. "Deutsche Börse Cash Market - Indices". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  4. Market, Deutsche Börse Cash. "Deutsche Börse Cash Market - Trading Venues". Retrieved 2016-04-09.
  5. 1 2 "History of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange – Fairs, coins and bills of exchange: 11th - 17th century". Deutsche Börse. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  6. "History of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange – Patricians, princes and commodity markets: 18th - 19th century". Deutsche Börse. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  7. Deutsche Boerse withdraws LSE offer; to return cash to shareholders

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