Invest in the DAX

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

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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.

Compare investment services

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Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Price per trade Frequent trader rate Platform fees Brand description
Fineco
£2.95
£2.95
Zero platform fee
Your first 50 trades are free with Fineco, until 31/12/2020. T&Cs apply.
Fineco Bank is good for share traders and investors looking for a complete platform and wide offer. Capital at risk.
IG
0% commission on US shares, and £3 on UK shares
From £5
£0 - £24 per quarter
IG is good for experienced traders, and offers learning resources for beginners, all with wide access to shares, ETFs and funds. Capital at risk.
eToro Free Stocks
0% commission, no markup, no ticket fee, no management fee
N/A
Withdrawal fee & GDP to USD deposit conversion
Capital at risk. 0% commission but other fees may apply.
Hargreaves Lansdown Fund and Share Account
£11.95
£5.95
No fees
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's number one platform for private investors, with the depth of features you'd expect from an established platform. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
From £7.99 on the Investor Service Plan
No transfer fees or exit fees. £9.99 a month on the Investor Service Plan
Open an ISA, Trading Account or SIPP you will get £100 of free trades to buy or sell any investment (new customers only).
Interactive Investor offers everything most investors need. Its flat fees makes it pricey for small portfolios, but cheap for big ones. Capital at risk.
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Name Product Minimum deposit Maximum annual fee Price per trade Brand description
Moneyfarm stocks and shares ISA
£1500
0.75%
£0
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutmeg stocks and shares ISA
£100
0.75%
£0
Nutmeg offers three types of portfolios. Choose the one that goes with your investment style. 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.
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Name Product Minimum investment Choose from Annual fee Brand description
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
0.05-0.25%
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
7 funds
0.5% - 0.95%
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
0-0.45%
Hargreaves Lansdown is the UK's biggest wealth manager. It's got three different retirement options. Capital at risk.
Interactive Investor Pension
Any lump sum or £25 a month
Over 3,000 funds
£10/month
interactive investor is a flat-fee platform, which makes it cost effective for larger portfolios. 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.
Moneybox Pension
£1
3 funds
0.15% - 0.45% charged monthly
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. Capital is at risk.

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