PRESS RELEASE

 Exchanges Round the World Ring the Bell all Week for Financial Literacy in 2021

London, Monday 4 October 2021 – Exchanges around the world have united to promote financial literacy, investor protection and financial inclusion, ringing the bell in multiple countries on multiple days all week during World Investor Week (“WIW”) 2021.

The World Federation of Exchanges (“WFE”), the global industry group for exchanges and CCPs, is supporting the International Organization of Securities Commissions (“IOSCO”) WIW 2021, which runs from 4 October to 10 October 2021. WIW is a week-long, global campaign to raise awareness about the importance of investor education and protection and promote financial literacy.

In 2021, a record 78 exchanges are holding virtual bell ringing ceremonies, workshops and events this week to drive awareness of the important and necessity of financial literacy and its impact on life.

In addition, the WFE’s monthly Focus magazine for October is a Special Edition which shines a light on Financial Literacy initiatives around the world.

Nandini Sukumar, Chief Executive Officer, the WFE said: “Financial literacy is more important than ever before as retail investor participation grows. The nature and ethos of public markets enshrines investor protection at the heart. Education is part of that mandate and a significant factor in developing markets to maturity and beyond. All market infrastructures, whether large or small, whether in a developed market or a frontier market, prioritise investor education at the heart of their business and as a foundation of market integrity.”

The exchanges participating in the Ring the Bell for Financial Literacy 2021 initiative are:

Name of Exchange / CCP
(alphabetical order)

Opening Bell, Closing Bell
or other

Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX)

Opening Bell

Amman Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Aquis Exchange PLC

Opening Bell

Astana International Exchange

Opening Bell

Athens Stock Exchange

Closing Bell

B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão

Opening Bell

Bahrain Bourse

Opening Bell

Baku Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

BME Spanish Exchanges

Opening Bell

Bolsa Centroamericana de Valores Honduras

Opening Bell

Bolsa de Santiago

Opening Bell

Bolsa de Valores de Montevideo S.A.

Opening Bell

Bolsa Mexicana de Valores

Opening Bell

Borsa Istanbul

Opening Bell

Borsa Italiana

Opening Bell

Botswana Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Bourse Régionale des Valeurs Mobilières S.A.

Opening Bell

Bursa Malaysia

Opening Bell

Cboe Global Markets

Closing Bell

China Financial Futures Exchange 

Other

China Securities Depository and Clearing Corporation

Other

Chittagong Stock Exchange

Other

CME Group

Other

Colombo Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Dalian Commodity Exchange 

Other

Dar Es Salaam Stock Exchange

Closing Bell

Dubai Financial Market 

Opening Bell

Euronext Amsterdam

Opening Bell

Euronext Brussels

Opening Bell

Euronext Dublin

Opening Bell

Euronext Lisbon

Opening Bell

Euronext Paris

Opening Bell

FMDQ Securities Exchange

Opening Bell

Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd

Opening Bell

Japan Exchange Group, Inc.

Other

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Kazakhstan Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Korea Exchange

Opening Bell

Latin American Stock Exchange (Latinex)

Other

London Stock Exchange Group

Opening Bell

Luxembourg Stock Exchange

Other

Macedonian Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Malta Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Moscow Exchange Group

Opening Bell

Muscat Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Namibian Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Nasdaq Copenhagen

Closing Bell

Nasdaq Helsinki

Opening Bell

Nasdaq Iceland

Opening Bell

Nasdaq Riga

Closing Bell

Nasdaq Stockholm

Opening Bell

Nasdaq USA

Other

Nasdaq Vilnius

Opening Bell

National Stock Exchange of India Limited

Closing Bell

Nigerian Exchange

Closing Bell

NZX Limited

Opening Bell

Oslo Børs

Opening Bell

Pakistan Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Palestine Exchange

Opening Bell

Qatar Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Saudi Exchange

Opening Bell

Shanghai Stock Exchange

Other

Shanghai Futures Exchange

Other

Shenzhen Stock Exchange

Closing Bell

Singapore Exchange 

Opening Bell

SIX Swiss Exchange

Closing Bell

Taipei Exchange

Opening Bell

Taiwan Stock Exchange

Other

Tehran Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange

Other

The Egyptian Exchange

Opening Bell

The Philippine Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

The Stock Exchange of Thailand

Other

TMX Group

Opening Bell

Tunis Stock Exchange

Opening Bell

Uganda Securities Exchange

Other

Wiener Börse

Opening Bell

Zhengzhou Commodity Exchange

Other


About the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE):

Established in 1961, the WFE is the global industry association for exchanges and clearing houses. Headquartered in London, it represents over 250 market infrastructure providers, including standalone CCPs that are not part of exchange groups. Of our members, 35% are in Asia-Pacific, 45% in EMEA and 20% in the Americas. WFE’s 57 member CCPs collectively ensure that risk takers post some $1 trillion (equivalent) of resources to back their positions, in the form of initial margin and default fund requirements. WFE exchanges are home to 47,919 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $109 trillion; around $137 trillion (EOB) in trading annually passes through WFE members (at end 2020).

The WFE is the definitive source for exchange-traded statistics, and publishes over 350 market data indicators. Its free statistics database stretches back more than 40 years, and provides information and insight into developments on global exchanges. The WFE works with standard-setters, policy makers, regulators and government organisations around the world to support and promote the development of fair, transparent, stable and efficient markets. The WFE shares regulatory authorities’ goals of ensuring the safety and soundness of the global financial system.

With extensive experience of developing and enforcing high standards of conduct, the WFE and its members support an orderly, secure, fair and transparent environment for investors; for companies that raise capital; and for all who deal with financial risk. We seek outcomes that maximise the common good, consumer confidence and economic growth. And we engage with policy makers and regulators in an open, collaborative way, reflecting the central, public role that exchanges and CCPs play in a globally integrated financial system.

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For more information, please contact:

Bill Yelverton
Streets Consulting
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +44 20 7959 2235
Twitter: @TheWFE