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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,…

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…

Watch out for MiFID, the industry’s greatest challenge since Y2K By Gary Wright, managing director, CityCompass Research

In case you are not aware, the EU’s Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, or MiFID, has been under discussion and review for a number of years. It is not an understatement to say that MiFID will entail fundamental change to all securities markets within the European Union. The changes in both business practice and the…

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…

EUSD: Are You Ready? By Gary Wright, MSI, Managing Director, CityCompass Research

For those not quite up to speed, EUSD stands for the European Union Savings Directive and it impacts just about all financial services firms who act as collecting or paying agents in capital markets within the European Union. These paying agents – including banks, building societies, corporations issuing bonds that pay interest on certain instruments…

WM Datenservice Introduces Feed Access to Reference Data

German data agency WM Datenservice has over the last quarter introduced a data feed service to offer clients a greater degree of flexibility in accessing WM’s reference data and improved timeliness to near-real-time data delivery. The new Financial Object Feed (FOF) is in part a response to the growing trend within the German market of…

To Centralize or Not to Centralize

It’s always better to end with a bang than a whimper. So we were happy this month’s FIMA event in London gave the reference data community real pause for thought. Many industry events don’t deliver; this one did. Central to the three days of industry debate was the subject of, erm, centralization. In other words,…

Deutsche Börse Plans Propris Reference Data Product Launch

Deutsche Börse is gearing up to launch a new reference data product from its recently formed Back Office Services division. The new Propris – Process Proven Information Services – range of data services will provide reference data for financial events and new issues in the German, Luxembourg and the Eurobond market. On target for a…

A-Team Survey Highlights Issues Facing Reference Data Managers

Regulations – and not straight-through-processing, and the potential for operational efficiencies – are driving financial institutions to grasp control of their reference data management processes. Reference data initiatives are increasingly driven by senior management – often at board level – mostly through fear of regulatory censure should they fail to comply with the new regulations….

Focus on: Basel II and Data Management

Basel II and its requirements for measuring operational and credit risk is one of the key drivers behind the need to accurate and timely reference data. The following is an edited extract of an article written by Dr Urs Bischof, head of VDF engineering at Telekurs Financial and featured in Telekurs’ realtime customer magazine The…