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History & Milestones

STOXX® and DAX® indices cover a global and comprehensive family of more than 17,000 strictly rules-based and transparent indices. Best known for the leading European equity indices EURO STOXX 50®, STOXX® Europe 600 and DAX®, the portfolio of index solutions consists of total market, benchmark, blue-chip, sustainability, thematic and factor-based indices covering a complete set of world, regional and country markets.STOXX and DAX indices are licensed to more than 550 companies around the world for benchmarking purposes and as underlyings for ETFs, futures and options, structured products and passively managed investment funds.

STOXX Ltd. is the administrator of the STOXX and DAX indices under the European Benchmark Regulation and exercises control over all benchmark administration processes within ISS STOXX.

ISS STOXX is a leading provider of comprehensive and data-centric research and technology solutions that help capital market participants identify investment opportunities, detect qualitative and quantitative portfolio company risks, and meet evolving regulatory requirements.

Here are a few milestones that we achieved along the way:


  • Mar: DAX capping limit increased to 15%

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  • Sep: DAX expands from 30 to 40 components
  • Apr: Launch of STOXX & DAX ESG Target and ESG Target TE Indices, along with STOXX SRI Indices
  • Mar: New DAX® rules kick in

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2016 – 2020

  • 2020: 
    – Launch of EU-Compliant Climate Benchmark Indices
    – Launch of EURO STOXX ESG & DAX 50 ESG Futures & Options on Eurex
    – Launch of STOXX ESG-X Factor Index Suite
    – Launch of DAX® 50 ESG
    – Launch of STOXX Factor Index Suite

  • 2019: 
    – Launch of EURO iSTOXX® Ocean Care 40 and STOXX® Global Next Generation Telecoms
    – Eurex launches options on the STOXX® Europe 600 ESG-X Index and STOXX® Europe ESG Leaders Select 30 EUR Index
    – STOXX becomes part of Qontigo
    – Deutsche Börse AG transfers its index administrator role (as defined under the EU Benchmarks Regulation) in relation to its indices (DAX, eb.rexx, etc.) to STOXX
    – STOXX acquires recognition by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) as a third-country benchmark administrator
    – STOXX launches 42 new ESG-X indices, including an ESG-X version of the flagship EURO STOXX 50®
    – STOXX launches the EURO STOXX 50 ESG
    – STOXX’s thematic index offering now covers even more megatrends: Housing Construction, Industry 4.0, Millennials, Sharing Economy, Silver Economy, Smart Cities and Smart Factory
    – Derivatives exchange Eurex introduces the first ESG futures on three STOXX benchmarks

  • 2018:
    – Launch of STOXX® Europe 600 ESG-X Index
    – STOXX expands its thematics suite with indices covering blockchain, fintech and B.R.AI.N
    – STOXX launches the EURO STOXX® Multi Premia® Index
    – STOXX launches a range of LDI bond indices
    – STOXX launches the first-ever index tracking AI innovators that selects its constituents based on an AI algorithm

  • 2017: STOXX introduces iSTOXX Europe Single & Multi-Factor Market Neutral Indices

  • 2016:
    – STOXX goes thematic with indices focusing on Ageing Population, Automation & Robotics, Digitalisation and Breakthrough Healthcare
    – STOXX introduces multi-asset indices blending equity and fixed income
    – STOXX launches the unique EURO STOXX 50 Corporate Bond Index
    – STOXX launches a comprehensive family of low-carbon indices

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2010 – 2015

  • 2015:
    – STOXX extends its smart-beta offering by introducing the STOXX Select and STOXX Diversification Select families
    – Deutsche Börse AG acquires SIX‘s share in STOXX and becomes the sole owner of STOXX

  • 2013:
    – STOXX launches first dividend index for ASEAN region
    – STOXX launches the GC Pooling index family in cooperation with Eurex

  • 2012:
    – STOXX launches Minimum Variance indices
    – STOXX introduces a market classification model and indices for emerging markets

  • 2011: STOXX launches the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index family, an innovative series of environmental, social, governance (ESG) indices

  • 2010:
    – STOXX extends its equity index offering, adding indices for global regions and emerging markets
    – STOXX becomes the marketing agent for Deutsche Börse and SIX Swiss Exchange indices, amongst them the DAX and SMI indices

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  • 2009: Deutsche Börse AG and SIX AG become sole shareholders of STOXX after Dow Jones & Co. exits the joint venture

  • 2005: VSTOXX is introduced as the first index to track volatility in the eurozone

  • 2001: STOXX launches its first sustainability indices

  • 2000: STOXX is the first index provider to implement free-float market capitalization in all of its indices

  • 1998: The first STOXX indices are launched

  • 1997: STOXX Ltd. is founded

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