Every financial instrument listed for trading on SIX Swiss Exchange needs amongst other identifiers such as an ISIN or
a valor number also a so called valor symbol (an unique value). This is an alphanumeric code consisting of
maximally 6 characters.
ETF Symbol requirements
ETF symbols are to consist of 4 to 5 characters. This applies to newly listed ETFs and allows a simple,
clearly visible distinction of ETFs from other asset classes.
On request, ETF symbols with 6 characters are accepted, as long as they fulfill the following requirements:
chosen symbol does not end on the specific (combination of) letter(s) dedicated to the Structured Products
issuers (see dedicated symbol pools)
chosen symbol is still free and not yet used by a different tradable instrument
chosen symbol does not end on "X" (reserved for XBTR securities)
chosen symbol does not start with "OX" (reserved for SLS Liquidnet securities)
Symbol allocation process
Symbols for ETFs on SIX Swiss Exchange are proposed by the ETF issuer via the following steps:
Send an email containing the product name as well as ISIN and trading currency plus the favored symbol to
requesting a new symbol. There is no predefined format of this email.
Once the request is received, SIX verifies the availability of the new symbol and accordingly confirms or rejects
the request to the issuer.