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Frankfurt extends stock trading hours as competition heats up

November 25, 2021

Deutsche Boerse (DB1Gn.DE) will allow stock investors to trade on the Frankfurt exchange until the close of U.S equity markets starting from Monday, a move that highlights heightened competition to win over clients.

The two-hour extension to 10 p.m. local time (2100 GMT) could bring higher volumes for Deutsche Boerse but also raise costs, while putting pressure on foreign rivals to possibly consider a similar move, traders said.

In Germany investors can already trade until that time or even later through platforms run by local brokerages Tradegate (T2GG.F) and Lang & Schwarz (LUSGn.DE),which are used by retail and professional investors.

"Deutsche Boerse offers a lot of foreign shares on their trading platform and this move could be aimed at attracting more retail trading interest," said Anish Puaar, European market structure analyst at Rosenblatt Securities.

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