Colombo Stock Exchange (Sri Lanka)

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) is the principal stock exchange in Sri Lanka. It was established under the Companies Act No. 17 of 1982 and is licensed by the Securities & Exchange Commission of Sri Lanka (SEC).

CSE offers a variety of tools to help investors monitor trading activity and keep the pulse of the market. The Exchange has branch offices in the Southern, Central, Western, North Western and Northern Provinces.

The Exchange has facilities for the secondary trading of Corporate and Government Securities. A separate trading system (DEX) and a separate clearing and settlement mechanism is in place for debt securities. All Government Debt can be traded through the DEX system.

The CSE has two main price indices: the All Share Price Index (ASPI) and the Milanka Price Index (MPI). The ASPI shows the price fluctuations of all the listed companies and covers all the traded companies during a market day.

CSE was one of the first Exchanges in the region to successfully automate its clearing and settlement functions in 1991, with the installation of a Central Depository and an electronic clearing and settlement system for share transactions, and an Automated Trading System (ATS) in 1997.

CSE was admitted to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) in 1998, becoming the first South Asian member. Additionally it was a founding member of the South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) in 2000.

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