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Outsourcing Discussion Moves from Hypothetical to Factual…

Just four months since we completed our survey here at A-Team of data managers and their attitudes towards outsourcing (you can find it at www.a-teamgroup.com), we are already starting to see real results within the business. At the time much of the discussion was hypothetical and asked whether financial institutions would consider outsourcing any of…

Information Mosaic Leads Scores In CityCompass Benchmarking

CityCompass held its third year of the B.I.S.S awards based on its benchmarking of corporate actions systems. Information Mosaic achieved the gold accreditation with the highest all round scores recorded over the past three years for its Cama corporate actions solution, and for the first time in all three industry sectors of broking, custody and…

FT Interactive Data Expands Fair Value to European Funds

FT Interactive Data is making its Fair Value Information Service, until now only available in the North American market, available to European domiciled funds. The company says that three clients are already using the service in Europe. The service provides users with information that can be used to estimate a price that would likely prevail…

Trust Company of Illinois To Track Class Actions

Trust Company of Illinois has selected Xcitek’s Class Actions (XCA) service to address the growing burden of tracking and potentially collecting from securities class actions. Doug Eyles, head of investments at Trust Company of Illinois, said, “After a brief trial period, we decided that XCA could help us to better track developments that might impact…

Reuters Datascope Deal with Odyssey

Reuters has secured another partner software provider in Odyssey Asset Management Systems for its Datascope reference data service. The data will be made available as an optional packaged adaptor via Odyssey’s Triple’A portfolio management system, its Advisor relationship management system and Nexus, its centralised repository for financial data.

Citadel Becomes Charter Client For Accenture Outsourced MRDS

After much speculation, Accenture has revealed its first client for its Managed Reference Data Service (MRDS) outsourcing solution in hedge fund Citadel Investment Group. Additional clients are expected to follow in the coming months. Citadel, with $12 billion under management, has signed a 10-year agreement to outsource “key aspects” of its data management processes. This…

Reuters Targets Bond Evaluations, Enhancing Frequency, Coverage

Although long trailing its rival Bloomberg in the fixed income arena, Reuters is aiming to utilise its acquisitions – namely EJV and Telerate – to bolster its content offerings. Backed by significant investment, Reuters has been developing enhancements to its fixed income evaluations service resulting in the introduction of higher frequency in evaluated pricing updates,…

Xcitek Wins European Client In Mizuho International

London-based Mizuho International has gone live with Xcitek’s XSP software for corporate actions processing, following a detailed evaluations process of a number of systems providers. Said John Sweeney, executive director of Securities Services at Mizuho International, “XSP gives us end-to-end automation in our asset servicing area and enables us to offer a strong and competitive…

Capco Introduces Dividend Forecasts to Global Index Monitor

Capco Reference Data Services is expanding its Global Index Monitor product, acquired through the purchase of Iverson Financial to include dividend forecasts. The new data, branded Global DivCast, will be available in the fourth quarter of this year. It is being positioned as a centralised source of dividend data providing current and accurate dividend projections…

S&P Adds Markit’s CDS Prices

Standard & Poor’s has entered a new agreement with Markit Group to distribute Markit’s benchmark credit default swap (CDS) prices via Standard & Poor’s CDS Xpress datafeed. The vendor already carries Markit’s Reference Entity Database (RED) in its CDS Xpress and CDS Accelerator products, which are tailored to the synthetic collateralized debt obligation (CDO) market….