Capital Market Overview
The Colombo Stock Exchange
The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is the nucleus of Sri Lanka’s capital market as the licensed operator of the stock market. We are regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC) and was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee over 30 years ago.
Alongside the wider community which interact with us, our core stakeholder base constitutes of 34 Members and Trading Members, 296 issuers, 750,000 investors, over 150 employees, and other stakeholders. Our current investor base has a 25%: 75% mix of foreign to domestic investment in the equities market.We are poised to diversify with the planned the introduction of multi-currency markets and other new products.
The CSE acts as a conduit of both equity and debt capital and provides the necessary market infrastructure to buyers and sellers in order to transact. Our main trading infrastructure comprises the Automated Trading System (ATS), a multi-asset class, scalable and versatile platform supporting future growth efforts. Our post-trade services comprise central securities depository based clearing (CSD Clearing), settlement and safekeeping provided through a fully owned subsidiary, Central Depository Systems (Private) Limited (CDS).
To deliver comprehensive end to end exchange services, the C S E Clear (Private) Limited (C S E Clear) was incorporated in 2016, as a solely owned subsidiary. C S E Clear was established anticipating the provision of centralised clearing and settlement services (Central Clearing), by acting as a Central Counterparty (CCP) for all securities transactions.
The CSE also provides real time and reference market data to vendors and other users. We are committed towards conducting trading oversight to ensure the fairness and integrity of the Sri Lankan capital market.