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MiFID: Will Firms be Ready by April 30, 2007? By Dr. Anthony W. Kirby, Founder, RDUG

The European Union’s pending MiFID initiative, or the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, replaces the Investment Services Directive (ISD), which was originally adopted in 1993. The ISD defined “home” and “host” state regulators, establishing the conditions under which authorized investment firms and banks could provide specified services in other EU member states on the basis…

Standard & Poor’s Streamlines Sales, Data As Part of New Reference Data Strategy

Standard & Poor’s European group is streamlining its sales organization for reference and securities pricing services in a bid to provide clients with a single point of contact for many of its products. It is also working to integrate its data sets with the ultimate long-term aim of providing modular options on a common platform….

Case Study: Henderson Global Centralizes Using DISL Integral

Henderson Global Investors, a mid-sized U.K. investment management firm, is about a third of the way through an almost three-year project to revamp its data management procedures across the board. With its back office outsourced to Cogent, Henderson’s focus was on the data used to support its front and middle offices, including the investment management,…

State of Wisconsin Investment Board Selects Eagle for Reference Data Normalization Platform

The State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB) has embarked on a major project to integrate and normalize the data used by its portfolio managers to run their investment models and to verify custodians’ reports on the performance of its external managers. SWIB is implementing Eagle Investment Systems’ Eagle Reference Manager platform at the heart of…

London Stock Exchange Goes Live with Sedol Master File Service

The London Stock Exchange’s widely anticipated Sedol Master File (SMF) service went live on March 15 in the hopes of exploiting what it sees as an opportunity to supply more detailed identity information particularly in the area of cross-border trading. After the first week of operation, around 50% of the LSE’s users had accessed the…

Iverson Upgrades GIM Index Data Service

Iverson Financial Systems has added an index family indicator and a total return index value field to its Global Index Monitor (GIM) index data service. The index family indicator is a parent index of index categories, which can help with mapping of indices internally. The total return index value field provides a measure of the…

Integration of Data and Software Analyzed in New A-Team Report

The raised profile of the issues surrounding reference data has sparked many data management projects, but reference data cannot be considered in isolation. What is needed is a coordinated approach to data and its integration with operational software used throughout the financial services enterprise. After all, the uncoordinated approach that saw millions spent on technology…

Iverson Pitches ‘Vertical Utility’ For Reference, Index Data

Encouraged by a commissioned survey that indicated firms’ growing interest in outsourcing data management, Iverson Financial Systems is pitching its concept of operating so-called vertical utilities on behalf of clients. Iverson already has three such utilities in operation, having grown the concept from an outsourced solution for equities reference data for a Wall Street firm…

Strong Hire for HelioGraph Corporate Actions Team

Straight through processing and messaging specialist HelioGraph has hired Simon Strong to its corporate actions team. He now has the post of eVent programme manager and is responsible for managing the development of the company’s eVent corporate actions product. Previously at TCA Consulting, Strong has worked in financial IT development and consultancy for over 15…

Desmond Backs PaceMetrics with Increased Stake

PaceMetrics, which earlier this year signed a global distribution deal for its software with Moneyline Telerate, has had a further investment from its principal backer IIU, which has increased its holding in the company. IIU is the Dublin-based investment vehicle of Irish financier Dermot Desmond. It already has a portfolio of strategic holdings in technology…