Electronic exchange

A largely automatic, computer-based system for securities trading

An electronic exchange is a trading platform in which order entry and forwarding, matching of buy and sell orders, and price determination are performed by a computer. In most cases, the system also includes functions for clearing and settlement procedures, market supervision, and the publication of relevant information.

Unlike a trading floor, which requires the physical presence of participants, an electronic exchange can be accessed from any location. Trading can take place 24 hours a day, or during established hours. The advantages of an electronic exchange are low costs, error-free settlement, quick reaction times, flexible markets and access from anywhere in the world.

Germany has two electronic exchanges: Eurex® for derivatives, and Xetra® for the cash market. Participants in an electronic exchange must be admitted to electronic trading.

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