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Invest in the DAX

Find out how to invest in the largest companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with ETFs or individual shares.

With companies like Wirecard, BMW and adidas among the largest companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange, some people are deciding to invest in the DAX. We’ve listed the companies that make up the DAX as well as some DAX ETFs.

What is the DAX?

The DAX is an index that tracks the 30 major companies on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Because it tracks such a small number of stocks, it’s not a reliable way of measuring the economy as a whole.

Can you invest in the DAX from the UK?

Yep! As long as your chosen share trading platform allows you to invest in international shares, you’re good to go

What companies are on the DAX?

If you’ve decided to invest in the DAX by investing in all of the individual companies, these are the ones that currently make the list. You’ll need to use a share trading account that lets you invest in international shares.

The following companies are in the DAX:

  • adidas
  • Allianz
  • BASF
  • Bayer
  • Beiersdorf
  • BMW
  • Continental
  • Covestro
  • Daimler
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Deutsche Börse
  • Deutsche Post
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Deutsche Wohnen
  • E.ON
  • Fresenius
  • Fresenius Medical Care
  • HeidelbergCement
  • Henkel
  • Infineon Technologies
  • Linde
  • Merck
  • MTU Aero Engines
  • Munich Re
  • RWE
  • SAP
  • Siemens
  • Volkswagen Group
  • Vonovia
  • Wirecard

How to invest in the DAX

  1. Buy shares in all 30 companies. With most indices, this would be quite a time consuming and expensive option because of the number of stocks that make them up. However, as there are only 30 in the DAX, it’s actually achievable, but still more work than necessary. This brings us to the next option.
  2. Invest in a DAX exchange traded fund (ETF). ETFs are an assortment of stocks that are aimed to reflect the performance of an underlying index, in this case, the DAX.

DAX ETFs

  • Xtrackers DAX UCITS ETF 1C
  • Lyxor DAX (DR) UCITS ETF – Acc
  • Xtrackers DAX UCITS ETF Income 1D
  • Amundi ETF DAX UCITS ETF DR
  • Vanguard DAX UCITS ETF Distributing

How to start investing in the DAX

To start investing in the DAX, you need to start with a share trading platform. Choose one that lets you invest in international stocks and shares.

If you’ve decided to buy shares in all 30 companies, you just need to search for them on your chosen platform and buy shares. If you’ve decided to go with a DAX ETF, then search for the ones above.

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Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
UK: £2.95
US: $3.95
EU: €3.95
N/A
£0
Your first 100 trades are free with Fineco (T&Cs apply)
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. The minimum deposit with Fineco is £0. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
£0
N/A
£0
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply. The minimum deposit with eToro is $200.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
£0
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. The minimum deposit with HL is £1. Capital at risk.
Degiro Share Dealing
UK: £1.75 + 0.014% (max £5)
US: €0.50 + $0.004 per share
N/A
£0
Degiro is widely seen as one of the best low-cost share brokers, for people who are looking to trade regularly. The minimum deposit with Degiro is £0. Capital at risk.
interactive investor Trading Account
£7.99 (with one free trade per month)
N/A
£9.99 per month
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. The minimum deposit with ii is £0. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Moneybox stocks and shares ISA
£1
0.45% and £1 monthly subscription fee (free for first 3 months)
£0
Moneybox offers a smart and simple way to invest. Sign up in minutes and start investing with £1 via their award-winning app. Capital at risk.
interactive investor stocks and shares ISA
Any lump sum or £25 a month
£119.88
£7.99
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
N/A
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.45%
£11.95
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got everything you'll need, from beginners to experienced investors. Capital at risk.
InvestEngine stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.25%
£0
Offer - £50 welcome bonus for new customers. Subject to minimum investment. T&Cs apply. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
Moneyfarm helps you meet your investment goals with fully-managed portfolios designed around you. Capital at risk.
Fidelity Stocks and Shares ISA
£1000 or a regular savings plan from £50
0.35%
£10.00
Fidelity is another good all-rounder, offering a good package at a decent price. Not suited for trading shares. Capital at risk.
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
Legal & General stocks and shares ISA
£100 or £20 a month
0.61%
N/A
Legal & General is a big financial services company which offers insurance, lifetime mortgage, pensions and stocks and shares ISAs. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Stocks and Shares ISA
£500
0.25%
£9.95
AJ Bell is a good all-rounder for people who to choose between shares, funds, ISAs and pensions. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets stocks and shares ISA
No minimum deposit requirement
0.12%
£8.00
Saxo Markets offers a wide access to a range of stocks, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Fee for a £50,000 pension pot Brand description
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
Annual fee: £239.88, fund fees: £50-500
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. Capital at risk.
Moneyfarm Pension
£1,500 (initial investment)
7 funds
0.35%-0.75%
Moneyfarm has pensions that are matched against your risk appetite, goals and planned retirement date. Capital at risk.
AJ Bell Pension
£1,000
Over 2,000 funds
Annual fee: £125, includes fund fees
AJ Bell has two different pension options, a self managed pension and one that is managed for you. Capital at risk.
PensionBee Pension
No minimum
9 funds
Annual fee: £250-475, includes fund fees
Pension Bee is a newbie in the pension market. It helps consolidate your pension plans into one place. Capital at risk.
Hargreaves Lansdown Pension
£100 or £25 a month
2,500 funds
Annual fee: £225 (£200 cap if holding shares), fund fees included
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Saxo Markets Pension
Saxo Markets Pension
£10
Over 11,000 funds
No annual fee
Saxo Markets gives flexibility and control over your investment strategy. Capital at risk.
Penfold
Penfold
No minimum
4 portfolios
Annual fee: £375-455, fund fees included
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
Annual fee: £225, fund fee: £60
Manage your money with an easy-to-use Moneybox app. Capital at risk.
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All investing should be regarded as longer term. The value of your investments can go up and down, and you may get back less than you invest. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. If you’re not sure which investments are right for you, please seek out a financial adviser. Capital at risk.

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