With Xetra® and Börse Frankfurt, Deutsche Börse Cash Market, which is a business division of Deutsche Börse Group, operates two of the largest cash markets in Europe. It organises transparent and safe markets that stand out for their integrity – for both investors committing capital and for companies raising capital. In these markets, professional traders buy and sell shares, ETFs/ETPs, bonds, and other securities in line with clear regulations and under strict supervision. With its services and technology, Deutsche Börse Cash Market ensures functioning trading places, where all participants have the same opportunities.

Primary and Secondary Market

The exchange’s task is to match the supply of capital and with demand for capital.

In the primary market, companies meet their financing requirements by raising equity or debt capital: they issue and sell their shares, bonds, ETFs, ETPs, and certificates for the first time to investors. In the secondary market, these securities are then circulated, prices posted on an ongoing basis, and traded on exchanges.

Deutsche Börse Cash Market offers market members top-quality services relating to all aspects of the primary and secondary market.

For issuers

Tailor-made access to the capital market: Your financing options through the exchange.

For investors

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Trading securities on Xetra or Börse Frankfurt.

Trading venues

Xetra® is the reference market for exchange trading in German shares and the leading exchange for exchange traded funds (ETFs) in Europe. No other exchange in the world achieves greater turnover at fairer market prices in these securities.

The price fixing on Xetra is conducted according to clearly defined and transparent rules. Trading participants who decide to trade through Xetra profit from highest liquidity and the fair prices of a major market place.

Börse Frankfurt is leading trading venue for German and international securities. Specialists on the trading floor attend to the trading of the securities. They ensure the immediate execution of orders and guarantee the best possible price.


Deutsche Börse Cash Market creates ideal conditions for equity financing and for raising debt capital. With different segments, issuers can target the particular group of investors they are interested in.

Equity financing

Companies can choose between Prime Standard for shares, General Standard for shares and Scale for shares when raising equity capital.

Issuers in Prime Standard for shares and General Standard for shares fulfil the highest European transparency requirements and gain all the advantages of a full listing in the EU-regulated market. In Prime Standard, issuers must fulfil international transparency requirements that go beyond those of General Standard. Scale for shares provides in particular SMEs with an easy, fast and cost-efficient way to include their shares in exchange trading.

Debt capital financing

For raising the debt capital, companies can choose between Prime Standard for corporate bonds and Scale for corporate bonds.

Prime Standard for corporate bonds is the segment targeting larger medium-sized and internationally active companies and entrepreneurs from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. In Scale for corporate bonds, companies can raise debt capital while facing low transparency duties, regardless of any stock exchange listing.



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