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The Impact of MiFID

Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) has been described as pure cost pain for little liquidity gain by some. What might the impacts be for the financial services firms in terms of conduct of business, data management and best execution and order-handling processes? asks Dr Anthony W Kirby, Fellow of European Think Tank Promethee and…

Credit Suisse First Boston’s Data Group Define Processes For Global Entity Data Client

Credit Suisse First Boston’s (CSFB) reference data group has been working to define processes for managing client entity data globally. The project was driven by a decision within CSFB to centralise the client account opening process three years ago, which highlighted the need for a consistent approach to managing the data attributes related to each…

Case Study: Standard Bank Centralises Client Information

South Africa’s Standard Bank is expanding its international franchise, and in order to support its international efforts, the bank has reengineered its reference data operations. A key project undertaken over the past year has been to put together a global Client Information File (CIF) in order to provide a single, global view of its clients…

Canadian Depository Offers Direct Access to Reference Data

The Canadian Depository for Securities (CDS) – the world’s oldest securities depository – is gearing up to begin distribution of information services beyond its membership base. The depository is introducing direct availability of its corporate actions and other relevant data it collects to non-members. CDS handles all Canadian debt and equity markets, including private issues,…

Changes at Cicada; Schachne, Bhimani Leaves; Redfern, Stacey Transfer to CPL

There have been changes at Cicada as Bruce Schachne has left his role as vice president of global sales to join Standard & Poor’s as vice president of marketing in the global market development division of its ratings group. Hubert Holmes will now resume the global sales management role in addition to his business development…

IBEI Suppliers Tout Their Wares At London Gathering

A number of suppliers of business entity identifiers got together to tout their wares to a small assembled crowd of practitioner firms in London earlier this month under the ISITC banner. Although there is an ISO process underway for a naming convention related to International Business Entity Identifiers (IBEI), this is a slow process and…

Osney Event: Buy-Side Discuss Reference Data Resource, ROI

The resources of the buy-side often can’t compare with those of the sell-side when it comes to reference data management and measuring the cost impact of bad data in order to justify data management projects. This was one of the messages from a recent Technology Solutions for Asset Management (TSAM) conference organized by Osney Media….

Soliton Enhances TimeSquare For Basel II Compliance

Soliton has enhanced its TimeSquare data management service to include an off-the-shelf cross-reference data model and cross-referenced ratings data to ensure credit risk compliance for Basel II. The cross-reference data model allows for the integration of multiple data vendor feeds using their proprietary identifiers, as well as supporting cross-referencing to other industry identifiers. It also…

Cicada Packages KYC Solution…

Cicada is packaging its data management software and data cleansing team to offer a purpose-built Know Your Customer (KYC) solution. The framework will provide configurable, rules-based workflow schema to help financial institutions manage their client data review process, as well as keep an audit trail and source attribution details. The solution can manage both internal…

Progress with MiFID as First Working Group Held

The MiFID – Markets in Financial Instruments Directive – Joint Working Group efforts (Reference Data Review, April 2005) were kicked off earlier this month with the first meeting being held in London, and tasks being assigned to participants. The forward-looking objectives of the group, according to the group’s chairman Chris Pickles, are four-fold. They are,…