AI will move into every industry. It will radically reduce costs, replace 40 percent of conventional jobs and destroy business models in the long term. AI will have a similar revolutionary effect as the invention of electricity - but it will enter our lives much faster.

Kai-Fu Lee

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science that deals with the automation of intelligent behavior and machine learning based on digital data.

The possibility of machine learning opens a very large spectrum for potential fields of application of artificial intelligence, which are conceivable in almost all areas of life. More and more companies are recognizing this aspect, with the result that the market has grown dynamically over the last few years and, according to forecasts, will continue to grow. A distinction is made between two types of companies:

Companies that include the use of AI in their value creation in order to use efficiency and productivity increases with the aim of better serving their customers and creating added value relevant to competition, and companies that deal with the development of AI products/processes at the core of their value creation and thus represent the real hidden champions. AI companies that follow this definition are already significantly better valued on the stock exchange than classic companies and show an increased growth of their market capitalization compared to classic companies.

Against this background, the AI-INDEX comprises 15 high-growth companies, weighted by their market capitalization and for comparison with other indices collectively normalized to 1.000 points on the start date (1/2019), whose value creation is based on the creation of AI products and processes.

Artificial Intelligence
Tobias Kollmann

„In the coming years, artificial intelligence will begin its journey advance. Why? Because after Big Data, Big Intelligence comes to evaluate the flood of data! Only AI systems can help companies to filter out the market trends and business potential from the abundance of more or less structured data volumes that will be at the heart of digital business.“


The AI-INDEX 15 currently comprises 15 companies that design, create, integrate or provide artificial intelligence (AI) in the form of products, software or systems. This distinguishes them from other tech companies that "just use" AI but do not regard it as the core of their value creation and their products or services.

Weighted by their market capitalization, the following stocks are currently included in the AI-INDEX: C3.AI, Cadence Design Systems, CrowdStrike, Dynatrace, Five9, iFlytek, NICE, Nuance Communications, Palantir Technologies, ServiceNow, Splunk, Synopsys, theTradeDesk, Veeva Systems, Xilinx.

AI-INDEX 15 compared to Dow Jones, Nasdaq Composite and Dax 30 since calendar week 1/19

AI-INDEX Development

Index development

AI-INDEX still undergoing course correction

May. 15, 2021 - 09:19 AM (CET)

May 15, 2021. After initially seeming to recover in a W-shape in recent weeks, the AI-INDEX is now back on a correction course and is currently at 2,639 basis points, roughly the same level as at the end of March (CW 12, 2021: 2,692 bp). This week was dominated by investors' concerns about inflation. Although experts expected consumer prices to rise by 3.6 percent, they increased by 4.2 percent. The surprisingly high inflation fueled fears of interest rate hikes. These had been around for a few days after U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen raised the prospect of possible rate hikes if there were signs that the economy was overheating. Another interesting report comes from the crypto market: Coinbase, the largest American trading platform for cryptocurrencies, has done brilliant business thanks to the crypto boom at the beginning of the year. In the first quarter, profits climbed to $771 million, more than twenty times higher than in the same period last year. The IT company iFLYTEK, which among other things develops voice recognition software, showed the strongest performance with a 10.7 percent increase compared to the previous week. While the value of many other (mainly U.S.) AI companies has been on a correction course in recent weeks, the Chinese company showed strong performance more often. The US company theTradeDesk (online marketing) shows the weakest performance compared to the previous week with a decline of -20.3 percent. The AI-INDEX slightly decreases compared to the previous week (-2.8 %) and ends calendar week 19, 2021 at 2,639 basis points (Nasdaq Composite: -2.5 %; DAX: +0.1 %; Dow Jones Industrial: -1.0 %).

Development of AI stocks in 2021 in percent

Performance of AI stocks in 2021 in percent



AI-INDEX ends 2020 with over 3,000 basis points

Overall, 2020 was a year of growth for the AI-INDEX. Starting at 1,627 basis points (2020, CW 1), the AI-INDEX was able to end the year on a very high note with a strong performance of over 3,002 basis points (2020, CW 53).
With an annual performance of 332.2 percent, the U.S. cybersecurity company CrowdStrike shows the best performance in 2020, while theTradeDesk (online marketing) with 208.2 percent and Five9 (provider of contact center software in the cloud area) with 175.1 percent also displayed strong annual performance. With an increase of 3.3 percent, the Canadian technology company OpenText suffered the weakest annual performance. As a result, however, no company in the AI-INDEX recorded a negative annual performance.
The AI-INDEX has increased by 1,375 basis points in 2020, which corresponds to an annual performance of 84.5 percent (Nasdaq Composite: 42.4%; Dow Jones Industrial: 5.9%; DAX: 3.8%). In calendar week 52, the AI-INDEX reached its highest level to date of 3,113 basis points, which corresponded to an annual performance of 91.4 percent at that time.
Above all, the index comparison illustrates the large lead of AI companies on the stock market: AI-INDEX: 3,002 bp; Nasdaq Composite: 1,906 bp; Dow Jones Industrial: 1,293 bp; DAX: 1,274 bp.

Development of AI stocks in 2020 in percent

Performance of AI stocks in 2020 in percent

„Artificial intelligence is one of the big technologies of our future. Germany and the EU must become an attractive AI location for entrepreneurs, where risk-taking is appreciated and innovative spirit meets the best conditions.“

Jörg Bienert


Cadence Design Systems
Nuance Communications
Palantir Technologies
Veeva Systems