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All roads lead to Frankfurt

With 248 credit institutions, over half of which are foreign banks, all the leading players are represented in Frankfurt. 18 of the 25 world’s biggest banks have their branch offices in Frankfurt.

As the seat of the European Central Bank ECB, Frankfurt is the city of the euro. This is where currency policy decisions are taken for the “Eurozone” and therefore for approximately 330 million people. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and national banks have also set up their European and German representative offices here.

Insurance location
Insurance organizations value the conditions offered by Frankfurt. Perfect access to markets and closeness to the international “Financial Community” have convinced over 100 companies to open headquarters or offices in Frankfurt. The decision of the EU-Parliament to establish the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) in Frankfurt am Main has given a further boost to the city as a centre for insurance business.

Stock exchange
Frankfurt is the world’s 5th largest stock exchange after New York, London and Tokio and EUREX is the biggest "Futures and Options Exchange" in the world, even outstripping the Chicago futures exchange. With the takeover of the US-options exchange "International Securities Exchange Holdings" (ISE) in 2007 the Deutsche Börse AG generated the largest transatlantic market place for financial derivatives. About 90% of the total German stock market turnover is generated in Frankfurt.
Deutsche Börse AG, which owns the stock and futures exchange, is one of the most up-to-date stock exchanges in the world. EUREX is the world’s biggest futures exchange for derivatives and is also Europe’s leading clearing house.

Investment support point
About 50 investment companies are based in Frankfurt and most of them operate worldwide. These investment companies manage just under 80% of the total fund assets managed from Germany as money market and security funds.

Headquarters of BaFin
The Federal German Financial Services Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht – BaFin) is of course based in Frankfurt. As a public law institution, it monitors the security of financial transactions and ensures the stability and integrity of the financial system in Germany.

Financial Market Stabilisation Funds (SoFFin)
The German Federal Agency for Financial Market Stabilisation (FMSA) was established in October 2008 as an instrument to stabilise the German financial sector. It manages the Financial Market Stabilisation Funds (SoFFin) of the German Federal Government with a volume of 480 billion Euro.