London, Monday 30 September 2019– Exchanges and CCPs around the world have united to promote financial literacy and boost financial inclusion, ringing the bell in multiple countries on multiple days all week during World Investor Week (“WIW”) 2019.

The World Federation of Exchanges (“WFE”), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPshas partnered with the International Organization of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”) to set up the inaugural Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy initiative as part of WIW 2019, which runs from Monday 30 September to Friday 4 October 2019

WIW is a week-long, global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection, and to highlight the various initiatives of securities regulators in these two critical areas. 

This year, IOSCO and the WFE are working in partnership on a new initiative to support WIW called ‘Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy’. The WFE invited its members to hold an opening or closing bell ringing ceremony, or a workshop, during WIW 2019 to promote the work they do in their own jurisdictions to improve financial education and literacy. Thirty-nine exchanges and CCPs are ringing the bell from Colombo to Chicago. The events are also an opportunity to bring stakeholders together to celebrate the progress that has been made by each participating exchange or CCP, and many of the events will be supported by the production of educational contentinvestor awareness campaigns, and seminars on financial literacy. 

Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer, WFEsaid: “Financial literacy is the foundation of healthy, thriving, and trusted capital markets. Successful investment and the opportunity to generate growth through markets starts with financial literacy. Every single one of our 70 members - market infrastructures - spend time, energy, effort and resource on financial literacy.”

Jose Alexandre Vasco, Chair, IOSCO Committee on Retail Investors, added: “We welcome the launch of the Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy event. Thanks to the WFE’s leadership, exchanges and market infrastructure providers will be working together with regulators to promote financial literacy during WIW 2019. The challenges remain enormous: the lack of financial skills may lead to serious consequences on long-term financial well-being. Bearing that in mind, the IOSCO campaign serves as a platform for collaboration on global scale on investor protection and education. The Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy event represents a very important step; not only will it pave the way for new editions, but also strengthen ties among exchanges and regulators, both locally and globally.”  

The WFE members taking part this year are 

Name of Exchange / CCP (alphabetical order) 

Date of Event 

Opening or Closing Bell 

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange 

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell 

Athens Exchange  Thursday 3rd October
Closing Bell 

B3 - Brasil Bolsa Balcão 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Bahrain Bourse 

Thursday 3rd October 

Opening Bell 

Bermuda Stock Exchange  

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

BME  

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell 

Borsa İstanbul
Wednesday 2nd October   Opening Bell 

Bursa Malaysia  

Wednesday 2nd October 

Opening Bell 

CBOE 

Tuesday 1st October 

Closing Bell 

Colombo Stock Exchange  

Friday 4th October  

Opening Bell 

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange PLC  

Friday 4th October 

Closing Bell 

Dhaka Stock Exchange Limited 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Dubai Financial Market 

Sunday 29th September 

Opening Bell 

Hochiminh Stock Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Limited 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Johannesburg Stock Exchange
Friday 4th October Opening Bell

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange 

Friday 4th October 

Opening Bell 

Korea Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Luxembourg Stock Exchange  

Friday 4th October 

Opening Bell 

Malta Stock Exchange plc 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Moscow Exchange 

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell 

National Stock Exchange of India  

Tuesday 1st October 

Closing Bell 

NZX Ltd 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Palestine Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Qatar Stock Exchange  

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell  

Santiago Stock Exchange  Tuesday 1st October
Opening Bell

Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) 

Sunday 29th October

Opening Bell 

Shanghai Stock Exchange  

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Shenzhen Stock Exchange 

Monday 23rd September 

Closing Bell 

Singapore Exchange  Friday 4th October  Opening Bell 

SIX Swiss Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Taipei Exchange  

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell 

Taiwan Stock Exchange 

Friday 4th October 

Closing Bell 

The Egyptian Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

The Nigerian Stock Exchange  Friday 4th October Closing Bell

The Options Clearing Corporation (OCC) 

Monday 30th September 

Financial literacy event  

The Philippine Stock Exchange 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

The Stock Exchange of Thailand 

Monday 30th September 

Opening Bell 

Tunis Stock Exchange 

Tuesday 1st October 

Opening Bell 

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For more information, please contact:

Anna Watson
Head of Communications, The World Federation of Exchanges
Email: awatson@world-exchanges.org
Phone: +44 20 7151 4137 / +44 7850 287 685
Twitter: @TheWFE