Financial News has announced the nominations for the Trading & Technology Awards Europe 2021. Following a challenging year marked by growth and records, the Swiss Stock Exchange is proud to be shortlisted in the category Exchange Group of the Year, alongside Cboe Europe, Euronext, London Stock Exchange and Nasdaq.

Christian Reuss, Head SIX Swiss Exchange, comments: “When the markets where in turmoil, the Swiss Stock Exchange has proven its resilience and relevance for the Swiss financial market and economy. We are pleased that our efforts to perform our core functions – providing access to capital and ensuring continued price formation – have been recognized via this nomination as one of Europe’s leading exchanges.”

The winners of the Financial News awards will be announced on 10 June 2021 via a live blog at 4pm BST. For the Swiss Stock Exchange, it is the second nomination in a row at the FN awards. Previously in 2021, it has won the award for ‘Best Structured Products and Derivatives Exchange’ at the prestigious SRP Europe awards as well as the special prize for a trading venue in the ETF space from XENIX. 

Ralf Rühling

We are pleased that our efforts have been recognized via this nomination as one of Europe’s leading exchanges.

Christian Reuss, Head SIX Swiss Exchange

An Outstanding Performance
In 2020, the Swiss Stock Exchange delivered an extraordinary performance in an extraordinary year. Record-high volumes were managed without any problems despite the extra load caused by the fact that practically all trading in Swiss shares had to be executed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (due to the EU’s decision to refuse equivalence to Switzerland). This highlighted the outstanding reliability and dependability of the infrastructure of the Swiss Stock Exchange.

Attractive Financing Opportunities for Companies
With regards to capital raising in general, almost CHF 6 billion were raised by companies already listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange, complemented by two listings (Ina Invest and V-ZUG). Furthermore, newly listed debt instruments such as bonds and money market papers exceeded the aggregate size of CHF 100 billion for the first time ever. These figures underscore the diversity and attractiveness of the financing opportunities the Swiss Stock Exchange offers, especially against the backdrop of this exceptional year.

Growth in Product Segments
As one of the first stock exchanges in Europe to facilitate the listing and trading of ETFs in 2000, the Swiss Stock Exchange celebrated the 20th anniversary of an unparalleled growth story. Today it is one of the top three European ETF trading venues (by volume).

The Swiss Stock Exchange offers sophisticated, electronic structured products trading with a focus on transparency, efficiency and the highest levels of investor protection. In 2020, it also cemented its position as the world’s leading regulated marketplace for investment products with crypto-currencies as underlyings.

Setting the Standard
The CONNEXOR issuer platform of the Swiss Stock Exchange continued to see tremendous growth. In 2020, it was used by structured product providers to issue a record 1.36 million new products and handled 16.7 million automated product updates, while introducing automation and standardization benefits to the structured products industry in the Asia-Pacific market.

Leveraging the Most Advanced Trading Technology
Over the course of 2020, the Swiss Stock Exchange successfully expanded its European microwave network. A new service between London and Stockholm was added to the existing network which already allowed trading participants to benefit from low-latency market data transmission from Zurich to London, Frankfurt and Milan as well as from Milan to Frankfurt and London.

The Home of Swiss Liquidity
Switzerland is home to an attractive share universe of over 250 companies, including three of the five biggest in Europe. As their reference market, the Swiss Stock Exchange consistently offers the best prices and the narrowest spreads in combination with the largest volumes. Discover more