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‘Assume Role of Vendor’ to Ensure Rigour in Applying Data Licences, State Street’s John White tells FIMA

A clear and thorough understanding of precisely how data is utilised within investment firms, tied to “differentiating” data usage, is essential before data licensing can be effectively and successfully embarked upon, John White, principal data management, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), has contended. Knowing “upfront” what is explicitly covered within contracts signed with data vendors…

Emirates Bank Deploys Quantifi XL For Structured Credit Pricing

US analytics vendor Quantifi has signed up its first Dubai based client. Emirates Bank has taken Quantifi XL as a front office tool for pricing and analysing structured credit products. Quantifi XL is designed to provide access to pricing and risk analysis of credit products from within Excel, and is targeted at banks, hedge funds,…

Mellon Financial Combines MAS with Eagle Product Offerings

Mellon Financial has combined its Mellon Analytical Solutions (MAS) business with the Eagle Performance system. The move follows Mellon’s acquisition of Russell Investment Group’s 50% share in the Russell/Mellon joint venture last September. The combined offering provides portfolio and mutual fund performance measurement, performance attribution, index data management and portfolio analysis and reporting to institutional…

IDC’s Strategic Deal with Markit Provides Cooperative Framework

This month’s data redistribution deal between Interactive Data Corp.’s FT Interactive Data and Markit Group belies a more strategic alliance, than at first it appears. The agreement gives FT Interactive Data clients access to the models Markit uses for its bond valuations as well as use of Markit’s own credit default swap, credit index and…

J.P. Morgan Adopts Central Reference Data Hub To Support Global Credit Trading Operation

J.P. Morgan Chase is building a business-aligned reference data hub in support of the major reengineering of its credit trading operation onto a single platform. The hub – essentially a central global hub for credit reference data – will commingle corporate data, vendor data and business-specific data into a single, unified service available to all…

Two New Corporate Bond Indices Launched to Increase Transparency

The National Association of Securities Dealer (NASD) and Bloomberg are jointly launching two new corporate bond indices: the NASD-Bloomberg Active Investment Grade U.S. Corporate Bond Index and the NASD-Bloomberg Active High Yield U.S. Corporate Bond Index. Both are generated solely from transactions prices of actively traded bonds as opposed to quotes or estimated prices. Index…

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…

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…