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Should the Registrars Become a Data Vendor? By Gary Wright MSI, CityCompass Research

The problem with data in the securities industry today is there is too much of it coming from too many different sources and in too many different forms. The cost therefore of gaining the data you want and need, has never been greater and this is in the 21st Century with the world of the…

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,…

One Month To Go ’Til EUSD; Industry Still Not Ready

With just over 30 days to go before the EU Savings Directive (EUSD) comes into effect on July 1st 2005, it appears the industry is far from being prepared. The impact of not being ready could at best result in financial institutions paying too much tax and having to deal with refund claims from customers,…

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…

Russell/Mellon Adopts Citadel’s Cadis Platform To Support Index Data, Performance Measurement

Russell/Mellon has become the second subsidiary of Mellon Financial Corp. to purchase data management product Cadis from Citadel Associates. Cadis is being used across the range of index data services and performance measurement solutions at Russell/Mellon. The data management product is helping to streamline data operations internally, and will also become a component of Russell/Mellon’s…

It’s MiFID Mania

We first got wind of the MiFID directive at an industry roundtable discussion about reference data a little while back. There, our old friend Colin Wright of the Information Providers User Group (IPUG) innocuously raised the question of transparency for internally matched trades. The look of puzzlement on the faces of the industry practitioners at…

Vanguard Group Opts for BMC For Data Management

Mutual fund company Vanguard Group has implemented an enterprise data management platform using BMC Software’s Log Master for DB2. The platform streamlines the firm’s complex data environment into a single repository. The data relates to shareholder accounts, and was previously stored in multiple database, files, tapes and platforms. Vanguard has around $800 billion under management…

Shipperlee Rejoins S&P as European MD for Risk Solutions

Stuart Shipperlee is rejoining Standard & Poor’s as its new European managing director for the Risk Solutions division, based in London. Shipperlee, who will report to Gary Kearns, global leader for Credit Risk Services, was previously managing director of European operations for U.S. insurance ratings agency AM Best, and before that spent 10 years at…

Standards: Are They Worth the Effort?

Much of the industry talk about reference data focuses on standards, and much work has been done to develop and propagate them. But is this work worth the effort? If the industry does not adopt the standards, they are, obviously, of no use. ISO 15022 for corporate actions is a current example of a standard…