The index for SMEs According to figures from the Institute for Small Business Research (Institut für Mittelstandsforschung), more than 99% of all companies in Germany, i.e. the absolute majority, are SMEs. More than 70% of all people employed in Germany work for SMEs, which also generate 50% of investments and value creation in Germany. Owner-managed companies stand out in particular due to their innovative commitment and sense of responsibility. Consequently, there is a stock exchange barometer that tracks the performance of companies belonging to this very important classification within the German economy. The German Entrepreneurial Index GEX® focuses on owner-managed companies with a relatively recent appearance on the capital market. Between 25 percent and 75 percent of the companies represented on the GEX® are owned by the companies’ current managers, and have been listed on the stock exchange for no more than 10 years. This means that they also act as a peer group for companies that are not yet listed on the stock exchange.The GEX® makes this key part of the German economy accessible to investors and the general public as part of Deutsche Börse’s transparent index concept.
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