History of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange

History of the Frankfurt Stock ExchangeFrom medieval fairs to high-tech market place

2019Scale is registered as “SME Growth Market”. This is a new category of multilateral trading venues (MTFs) in Europe, specifically targeted at SMEs and meeting EU-wide standards.
2017Deutsche Börse introduces the new segment Scale. With Scale Deutsche Börse intends to improve access to investors and growth capital for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
2014Xetra and Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse (FWB®, the Frankfurt Stock Exchange) are operated as independent trading places under “Deutsche Börse Cash Market”.
2012Xetra represents the entire cash market services provided by Deutsche Börse AG.
2011The entire floor trading at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange switches to Xetra technology.
2003The new segmentation of the stock market comes into force at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. At its heart are three new market segments: Prime Standard, General Standard and Entry Standard. Deutsche Börse introduces the central counterparty in Xetra and floor trading at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.
1997A new era of exchange trading begins. Xetra®, the fully electronic trading system for the cash market, is introduced.
1992Deutsche Börse AG is founded: the Annual General Meeting passes a resolution to rename Frankfurter Wertpapierbörse AG “Deutsche Börse AG”. On 16 December the new company is duly entered in the Commercial Register
1991From now on DTB and Deutscher Kassenverein (the German central securities depository) operate under the name of Deutsche Börse AG.
1990Deutsche Terminbörse (DTB), the German derivatives exchange, starts trading.
1988Germany’s leading index, DAX®, is introduced.
1969The digital era arrives at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Traders can now process transactions electronically using the BÖGA system.
1956In Germany, the purchase of foreign securities is permitted. The Frankfurt Stock Exchange can once conduct international business.
1945A new start – the Frankfurt Stock Exchange resumes unofficial trading.
1933The Nazi party interferes heavily in the business and financial sectors.
1923Inflation after the War triggers losses in securities of monetary value. In contrast, equities become a prized object among speculative investors.
1914The outbreak of the First World War hit the internationally oriented Frankfurt Stock Exchange hard. By the end of the War all foreign securities have been eliminated from German quotation sheets.
1879The exchange building in central Frankfurt, which today still houses the “Großer Handelssaal”, the trading hall, is officially opened.
1843Frankfurt evolves as an international capital market and exchange alongside Paris and London.
1820Participating certificates of the Austrian National Bank constitute the first common shares that are listed and traded in Frankfurt.
1816Regular securities trading begins.
1799Separate exchange regulations are enacted for currency and goods traders respectively.
1694The assembly of exchange members moves into a new building at Liebfrauenberg.
1642The first printed quotations sheet for currency exchange rates is published.
1605A new name for the merchants’ assembly appears for the first time in the records: “Burs”, meaning exchange.
1585 Frankfurt merchants establish uniform exchange rates, marking the birth of the Frankfurt exchange.