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Bloomberg Promotes FIGI as Primary Global Security Identifier

Bloomberg plans to rename its Bloomberg Global Identifier (BBGID) as the Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) with a view to making it the world’s primary standard for securities identification ahead of the International Securities Identification Number (ISIN). Bloomberg’s move follows last week’s release by the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) of an update to...

Experts Debate the Timeline, Benefits and Challenges of the Global LEI System

The expert panel on this week’s A-Team Hot Topics webinar on global legal entity identifier (LEI) expects the new standard to be fully operational by the end of 2013, as it builds momentum following next month’s official roll-out. With the establishment of a Regulatory Oversight Committee (ROC) early this year, the creation of a Central...

Bloomberg Offers Cautious Welcome to European Commission Decision on Thomson Reuters’ RICs

Bloomberg has responded to the European Commission’s decision to accept proposals from Thomson Reuters that open its Reuters Instrument Codes (RICs) to greater market use, by welcoming the change, but warning that compliance is critical if an open market for consolidated real-time data feeds is to be created. The company stated: “In a press release...

Thomson Reuters to Open Up RICs for Consolidated Feeds Under EC Settlement

The European Commission has ended its lengthy enquiry into Thomson Reuters’ licensing policies for Reuters Instrument Codes (RICs), accepting commitments from the company that will create a more fluid market for real-time consolidated data feeds. The deal creates a new environment for Thomson Reuters as it finds itself competing in an increasingly open market. The...

Mark Davies Takes Role of CEO at Avox as Ken Price Steps Down

Ken Price has left his role as CEO of Avox, making way for DTCC business development head Mark Davies to take the CEO’s role at the reference data company. UK-based Avox was co-founded by Price and acquired by DTCC in July 2010, at which time Price said he would leave the company once it had...

FSB Outlines Plans for Federated Access to Centralised ISO 17442-Based LEI Database

The Financial Stability Board (FSB) has outlined details of the global legal entity identifier (LEI) system that it will propose at the forthcoming G20 meeting on June 18-19 in Los Cabos, Mexico. The system would involve the creation of “a ‘logically’ centralised database of identifiers and corresponding reference data” that would appear seamless to users...

Cusip Global Services Talks Down Open Symbology Initiatives and Favours Standards

Cusip Global Services (CGS), the provider of Cusip securities identifiers owned by the American Bankers Association and managed by S&P Capital IQ, has set the cat among the pigeons by criticising proprietary symbologies for their lack of efficient operability. Rather, CGS reckons that standards, supported by organisations such as itself, are the only way forward towards efficient and reliable capital markets. A report on the power...

Thomson Reuters Returns to the EC with Revised Offer on RICs

Thomson Reuters has returned to the negotiation table at the European Commission with a revised offer on how it will ease licensing policies for Reuters Instrument Codes (RICs). The issue of access to security and other identifiers will be discussed in a panel session at A-Team’s forthcoming Data Management Summit in London on May 22...

RICs as Catalyst for Financial Markets ‘App Store’

High on the long, long list of the late Steve Jobs’ acts of genius was his decision to go against his own instinct and open up the iPhone/iPAD to third-party developers to create the App Store, a true game-changer. That got me to thinking that Thomson Reuters and the EU could be missing a trick...

Efama Applauds EU Commission Decision to Protect European ISIN Data Users

Efama (the European Fund and Asset Management Association) applauds the EU Commission decision to protect European ISIN data users to the extent possible under EU competition law. Efama stresses that this decision is a major victory for the European financial services industry which will save approximately $100 million per annum in ISIN license fees going...