The WFE is the global industry group for exchanges and clearing houses (CCPs) around the world. We represent over 250 market-infrastructures ranging from those that operate the largest financial centres to those that run frontier markets.
Founded in 1961, the Federation was set up to contribute to ‘’the development, support and promotion of organised and regulated securities markets in order to meet the needs of the world’s capital markets in the best interests of their users.’’ This remains the WFE mandate today.
Of our members, 37% are spread across the Asia-Pacific region, 43% in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and 20% are the Americas. They include over 50 distinct CCP clearing services including stand-alone CCPs. WFE exchanges are home to nearly 48,000 listed companies, and the market capitalisation of these entities is over $70.2 trillion; around $95 trillion in trading annually passes through the infrastructures WFE members safeguard.
The WFE seeks to ensure regulatory outcomes that foster well-functioning capital markets and reinforce systemic stability in addition to developing markets. Together with our members we create and agree best practices and standards for the industry.