Colombia Stock Exchange

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Colombia Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores de Colombia)
BVC logo.jpg
Founded 2001
Headquarters Bogotá
Key People Juan Pablo Cordoba, CEO
Products IGBC Index

The Colombia Stock Exchange (CSE), known in Spanish as the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (BVC), was formed in 2001 from a union of three separate regional exchanges and offers trading in fixed income and securities.

The exchange also owns the Centralized Depository of Securities (Deceval), and the two entities operate under the BVC umbrella. The two groups focus on bringing financial services and financing to small, medium and large companies. Deceval handles post-trade processes and services. The combined company offers trading, listings, post-trade, market data and technology services.[1]

BVC ranked 47th in global derivative exchange volume in 2021 with 751,547 contracts traded, a 7.8 percent decrease from the previous year, according to the 2021 Futures Industry Association's Annual Volume Report. [2]

In April 2019, it had a market cap of cop$725 million.[3]


The Colombia Stock Exchange was formed in July 2001 through a merger of the country's three regional exchanges: Bolsa de Bogotá, founded in 1929; Bolsa de Medellín, founded in 1961; and the Bolsa de Occidente in Cali, founded in 1983.[4] Although it's called a stock exchange ('bolsa' in Spanish), between 85 percent and 90 percent of the CSE's trading is actually conducted in the bond market, where it ranks as the world's fourth-largest market.[5]

In 2006, the exchange began offering fixed income securities on its electronic trading platform.

In 2007, the exchange became a publicly traded company and the CRCC, the clearing house began its operations. It also launched SET Icap in 2007 for FX, derivatives and OTC trading.

In 2008, it launched derivatives trading via the Nasdaq OM Group electronic trading platform. The move was part of a strategy for the BVC to offer itself as a Latin trading alternative to the region's larger markets, Brazil's B3 and the Mexican Stock Exchange.

In 2011, BVC launched MILA, an effort at creating a regional capital market across Latin America.

In 2015, the exchange bought a 51 percent stake in Sophos Banking Solutions, a technology firm focused on finance and the securities sector. The deal provided the exchange with a technology division aimed at providing a variety of financial services in capital markets.[6]

In 2017, BVC acquired Centralized Depository of Securities (Deceval) which was founded in 1992. The company handles post-trade services for the exchange. The combined companies are designed to create a full capital market infrastructure for the country.[7]

Key Products[edit]

The Colombia Stock Exchange's IGBC Index serves as the overall stock market benchmark and is a capitalization-weighted indicator of Colombia's highest-cap, most liquid stocks.[8] The exchange's other main index product, the COLCAP, measures the CSE's 20 most liquid stocks but limits individual equity weights to 20 percent, compared to the IGBS where a single stock, Ecopetrol, is more than half the index value.[9]

Key People[edit]

Contract Volume[edit]

Year Total Annual Volume Percent Change
2021 751,547 7.8%
2020 697,016 (-) 22.9
2019 905,046 (-) 15%
2018 1,064,802 (-) 4.5%
2017 1,116,028 (-) 20.5%
2016 1,403,564 33.9%
2015 1,048,199 10.2%
2014 941,620 37.4%
2013 685,133 --

John Lothian News Interview, May 2015[edit]

Thinking Global: Colombia's Juan Pablo Cordoba Says Global Regulation Hurts Emerging Markets

If you don’t know Juan Pablo Cordoba, you probably should. As the CEO of the Bolsa de Valores de Colombia (Colombia Securities Exchange) and chairman of the World Federation of Exchanges, he is one of the exchange executives who has a unique perspective on emerging exchanges such as those in Latin America and beyond. Yet he also has a firm understanding of the G20 market reforms that have filtered throughout the world in the form of Dodd-Frank, Basel III, MIFID and EMIR.

Cordoba spoke with Jim Kharouf, editor-in-chief of John Lothian News, at the World Federation of Exchanges/IOMA conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil about the challenges and opportunities for the Colombia exchange, including regional efforts such as MILA, the Latin American Integrated Market. He also provides a credible voice regarding the unintended consequences of applying a host of clearing, capital and compliance hurdles that could stifle the growth of such new markets.

Read the interview on