Bolsa y Mercados Espanoles

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Madrid Stock Exchange
Founded 1831
Products Equities, Derivatives, Fixed Income
Twitter @GrupoBME

The Madrid-based stock exchange, Bolsa y Mercados Espanoles, or BME, began trading on Oct. 20, 1831.[1] It is an umbrella company for the firms that manage the securities markets and systems in Spain. It brings together a decision-taking and coordination unit, the Spanish equity, fixed-income and derivatives markets as well as their clearing and settlement services.

The BME was formed by the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia stock exchanges, MF Mercados Financieros and Iberclear.[2]

BME posted a net profit of €105.1 million in the first nine months of 2012, down 11.3 percent from the same period a year earlier. Net profit for the third quarter was €31 million.


The Bolsa de Madrid announced in early November 2009 that it would launch a warehouse for derivatives contracts and compete against the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.[3]

In late July 2010, BME said it planned upgrades to its existing Smart system that would allow for "sub-millisecond" trading. Its Meff futures and options arm already use the Smart system and the upgrades will bring trading in equities, ETFs, warrants, certificates and derivatives under the same umbrella. The BME’s trading system is also used by exchanges in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Ecuador. MexDer, the derivatives arm of the Mexican bolsa, uses the Smart system already used by Meff.[4]

BME has been slower than its rivals in adapting to the sweeping changes prompted by the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (Mifid). Spanish regulations and the structure of post-trade in the country also hindered platforms like Chi-X and BATS, which have struggled to gain as much traction in Spanish equities as they have across the rest of Europe’s markets.[5]

On Oct. 20, 2011, the BME celebrated its 180th anniversary.[6]


  1. History of Bolsa de Madrid. Website.
  2. Structure of Exchange. website.
  3. Madrid bourse challenges U.S. DTCC in derivatives. Thomson Reuters.
  4. BME to overhaul trading system. Financial Times.
  5. BME to overhaul trading system. Financial Times.
  6. Spanish Stock Exchange To Celebrate Its 180th Anniversary. MondoVisione.