Colombo Stock Exchange - General Information

The Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE) took over the operations of the Stock Market from the Colombo Share Brokers Association in 1985.  It currently has 15 Members and 13 Trading Members licensed to trade both equity and debt securities, whilst one Trading Member is licensed only to trade debt securities.  All members are licensed by The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)to operate as stockbrokers.

Trade matching engine known as Automated Trading System (ATS) powered by Millennium IT and Central Depository Systems (CDS) main operational sub functions in Colombo Stock Exchange (CSE)

Trading Hours

Monday to Friday [Except Public Holidays]
Pre-Open session - 9:00AM to 9:30AM  (GMT +5:30)
Normal session    - 9:30AM to 14:30PM (GMT +5:30)
Market close        - 14:30PM (GMT +5:30)

Order Types

Buy orders - Approved
Sell orders - Approved
Short sell orders - Not Approved


All Share Price Index (ASPI)
S&P Sri Lanka 20 Index (S&P SL20)


Main Board
Diri Savi Board
Default Board


- Kandy, Sri Lanka
- Matara, Sri Lanka
- Kurunegala, Sri Lanka
- Jaffna, Sri Lanka
- Negombo, Sri Lanka
- Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
- Rathnapura, Sri Lanka
- Hambantota, Sri Lanka

Benchmarks and numbers

Listed Companies - 246
Approximate trades per day 6,000
Regulatory - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)

Thomas Murray Ratings, that provides Information & Advisory Services for Institutional clients, also provides ratings for clearing and settlement and Depositories globally, has benchmarked CSE with the following ratings:

Risk Factor
Asset Commitment Risk – (DVP environment)
Liquidity Risk   (participant creditworthiness/no trade failures)
Counter Party Risk - (Counterparty guarantee/multiple settlement banks)
Financial Risk (stability and profitability of CSE/CDS)
Operational Risk (Adequate controls in CDS)

Contact Info

Colombo Stock Exchange, No. 04-01, West Block,
World Trade Center (WTC), Echelon Square,
Colombo 01, Sri Lanka.

Tel  - +94 11 235 6456
Fax - +94 11 244 5279
Email -
Official website -