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Azimuth Financial’s Azdex Offers Counterparty Benchmarking Data

Azimuth Financial has lifted the lid on its Azimuth Data Exchange (Azdex) initiative to offer financial institutions analysis of the quality of their counterparty data, based on comparisons with that of their peers. Azdex recently signed up Dresdner Bank and Standard Bank of South Africa to participate in the benchmarking project. According to Ken Price,…

Distribution Spat Between FTSE, Barra Remains Unsolved

While risk data and technology firm Barra has instructed clients that it will discontinue distribution of data from index firm FTSE Group from the end of next month, FTSE says that no such decision had been communicated to them. It appears that discussions have been ongoing between the two parties, but FTSE insists that no…

Quest for Unified Entity Identifiers Gathers Pace as Plans Go to WG8

In the quest for a unified method of identifying international business and legal entities, industry protagonists are pushing forward discussions. Progress has been made by the RDUG/Redac community who have proposed a number of recommend-ations to ISO’s Working Group 8. A group of industry practitioners also gathered at a CityCompass event to discuss various options…

Soliton Links to Counterparty Data From CreditDimensions

Reference data management firm Soliton is adding links from its instrument data to legal entity data, through a new partnership with CreditDimensions. The two firms are launching the (as yet unnamed) joint product at this month’s Securties Industry Association (SIA) Technology Management Conference at the New York Hilton, which will provide clients with a consolidated…

ADP Partners with RemitPro to Offer Client Verification

ADP Brokerage Services Group has introduced a customer identity verification system, integrated with the company’s Brokerage Processing Services (BPS) securities processing system. The client validation system is aimed at helping broker-dealers’ compliance and new accounts departments to verify their customers’ identities in accordance with the USA Patriot Act. The system was built using RemitPro’s Risk…

Deutsche Borse Mulls Offering Reference Data Services

Fresh from its acquisition of Clearstream International, Deutsche Borse is considering launching a reference data service to complement its planned corporate actions and new-issue data services. These latter two services will be offered to vendor redistributors, some of which are currently testing the service for German and Luxembourg equities and fixed-income instruments. Deutsche Borse hopes…

SSI Database ‘Last Big Challenge,’ Industry Participants Believe

The audience at a recent industry conference hosted by bond trading platform Tradeweb, heard that the adoption of a standard settlement instructions (SSI) database represented that “last big challenge” facing those seeking to realize straight-through-processing. Tradeweb has an interest in SSI through its AccountNet service, which helps firms using its electronic bond trading system to…

S&P, Telekurs, D&B Launch Security to Entity CrossWalk

This month saw the launch of Security to Entity CrossWalk, a cross-referencing system described by its sponsors as the ‘glue’ that links the ISIDPlus international securities identification directory co-produced by Standard & Poor’s and Telekurs Financial, and the WorldBase entity and corporate hierarchy database operated by Dun & Bradstreet. The new service is aimed at…

Citigroup Buys Communicator QIB Hub for ID Management

Citigroup has implemented the QIB Hub identity management solution from Communicator Inc. The system will be used to manage Citi’s Qualified Institutional Buyer certification, under which the bank will have electronic access to more than 25,000 institutional trading account details. Institutions’ compliance, settlement and operations professionals are required to verify that clients are Qualified Institutional…

Capco Purchase of Iverson Financial Yields Data Platform, Outsourced Management

Capco’s acquisition of California-based data management specialist Iverson Financial Systems last month gives the business services provider both a viable outsourcing solution and a platform product upon which to base its continuing push into the reference data marketplace. The deal appears to be a logical step toward establishing a product approach to complement Capco’s heretofore…