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Glossary

Stock market

Describes, broadly, the whole of stock trading.

In the narrow sense, the equity market is defined as the market where the shares of stock exchange-listed companies are traded. The stock market is divided into different market segments, separated by the requirements imposed on companies for admission for trading. In Germany, the market segments are distinguished by the statutory market segment, and the transparency level.

The statutory market segment distinguishes between the EU-regulated market and the markets which are regulated by the stock exchanges themselves. On Frankfurt Stock Exchange there is an EU-regulated market, the regulated market and the self-regulated market, the so-called Open Market, formerly known as free trade.

With regard to the transparency level, on the regulated market companies can decide between Prime Standard and Entry Standard. A listing on the self-regulated market takes place in the Open Market to the Entry Standard. The other companies in the Open Market are included in the Quotation Board.

Please refer to the data sheet on boerse-frankfurt.de to check which market segment a company belongs to, and which transparency standard it meets.

Related topics
Prime Standard, Entry Standard, Open Market, General Standard

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