Cochin Stock Exchange

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Cochin Stock Exchange (CSE or CoSE) was an Indian stock exchange in Kochi, Kerala. The exchange stopped trading in 2005, and closed in 2014.

Cochin Stock Brokers, which provides trading facilities on the Bombay Stock Exchange, and CSE Institute, an educational organisation, continue to operate beyond the closure of the exchange.


Cochin Stock Exchange was established in 1978.[1]

Computerized trading was introduced in 1997. The major back office system software used are NESS and BOSS respectively for NSE and BSE. The trading software used in CSBL was Multex, developed by CMC.[2] Traders are provided Meta Stock and ERS software, trading terminals and optical fiber connections.[3] DP holdings are maintained by demat services like CDSL.

The new millennium saw the stock exchange building being shifted from the old structure in downtown Cochin to a brand new building in the Kaloor area in northern Kochi.

Trading hours historically used to begin late in the afternoon enabling access to traders from other regions of the state. Base Minimum Capital required to be maintained is Rs. 2 lakhs.[4]

The securities scam of the early nineties led the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) regulations on stock exchanges requires separation of ownership and trading rights and made it mandatory for majority ownership rests with the public, those without any trading rights.[5]

The exchange stopped trading in 2005, and closing procedures after the SEBI introduced a minimum net worth requirement of 100 crore (equivalent to 119 crore or US$18 million in 2016) and a turnover of 1,000 crore (equivalent to 12 billion or US$180 million in 2016) for stock exchanges to continue operation in 2013. It was in the final stages of closure by May 2014.[6]

Economic impact[edit]

Industrialisation did not happen in Kerala to the extent as in other Indian states. The reasons for the failure to attract manufacturing industries was due to the political climate and the lack of resources in a small state with such a large population density. The stock exchange served as a channel for investors to find investment opportunities.[7]

Related organisations[edit]

Cochin Stock Brokers Limited (CSBL) previously a wholly owned subsidiary of Cochin Stock Exchange Limited, is a corporate member of the National Stock Exchange of India and the Bombay Stock Exchange, enabling CSBL users to have trading facilities in these listings.[8]

CSE Institute is an organisation that provides stock market training for investors.

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