Under the rules of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority
(FINMA), market makers are necessary for the approval of Swiss ETFs and ETSFs and
the authorisation of the commercial marketing and sale of foreign ETFs on underlying stocks.
SIX Swiss Exchange employs at least one market maker for each ETF and ETSF, thus ensuring market liquidity.
The market makers in question are specialist companies which participate on the Swiss Exchange and
provide binding buy and sell prices. They undertake to comply with the following requirements:
To provide bid/ask prices for minimum amounts
To avoid prices which exceed the maximum spread
These requirements vary according to the underlying and apply on a monthly basis during 90% of the
official trading hours of SIX Swiss Exchange. To ensure high quality, SIX Swiss Exchange monitors every trade for adherence to
SWXess Maintenance Releases (SMR)
SIX Swiss Exchange carries out upgrades of its "SWXess" trading platform as part of its ongoing improvement efforts.