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Can EQT Partners Repeat $3 Billion BvD Flip with Rimes Investment?

Swedish private equity firm EQT Partners has emerged as the mystery suitor behind talk that managed data management specialist Rimes Technologies was up for sale. EQT is best known in the data management space as the investor that in 2014 acquired entity data specialist Bureau van Dijk (BvD) and flipped it three years later to…

Rimes Technologies: Will They or Won’t They Sell?

Rimes Technologies won’t comment on a media report that it’s for sale. But a recent news item – published, surprisingly, by Dow Jones’ Barron’s investor newspaper – has sparked speculation on possible acquirers of this benchmark and reference data services provider. Industry executives contacted by Data Management Insight suggest that Rimes could garner interest from…

FCA Authorises Bloomberg Index Services as a Regulated Benchmark Administrator

The UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has authorised Bloomberg Index Services Limited (BISL) as a regulated UK benchmark administrator under the European Union Benchmark Regulation. BISL has conducted index administration since 2014, including serving as the administrator of the Bloomberg Barclays fixed income indices. In addition, it administers the Bloomberg Commodity Index, the UBS Bloomberg…

IHS Markit Expands Global Dividend Forecasting Service

IHS Markit has doubled the number of companies covered by its Dividend Forecasting service. The expanded global service covers 28,000 stocks in more than 90 markets, providing up to five years of dividend forecast data for each stock covered and offering index providers, derivatives desks, asset managers and hedge funds with one of the broadest…

Horizon and ULTUMUS Extend Partnership with Dividend Forecast Data

Horizon Software, a provider of electronic trading solutions and algorithmic technology, and ULTUMUS, a provider of data services for index and ETF products, have extended their partnership to enable the pricing, sourcing and trading of ETFs with a comprehensive dividend dataset integrated within the Horizon trading platform. Aggregating and distributing additional ETF dividend forecasts data…

Fenics Market Data Releases US Treasuries Data Services

Fenics Market Data (Fenics MD), a division of global brokerage BGC, is building out its portfolio with the addition of a US dollar data service, FENICSMD 20/20, a premium service that combines the precision pricing of Fenics USTreasuries (Fenics UST), an electronic US Government securities trading venue owned by BGC, with real-time interest rate swaps…

Bloomberg Adds Equity Benchmarks, Introduces ESG Index Family

Bloomberg has added US equity benchmark capabilities to its existing set of fixed income, commodity and currency indices. The move is a response to investor requests and designed to help existing index clients meet their needs across a wider range of asset classes. The equity offering includes the Bloomberg US Large Cap Index (ticker: B500)…

LinkUp with S&P Dow Jones Indices for S&P 500 LinkUp Jobs Index

In what may be a first for the alternative data space, jobs data specialist LinkUp has, er, linked up with S&P Dow Jones Indices to launch the S&P LinkUp Jobs Index based on its job openings database. The index – launched in the spring – will track job market activity among S&P 500 corporations, spawning…

ICE Agrees to Acquire Merrill Lynch Option Volatility Estimate Indices

Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) has agreed to acquire fixed income volatility indices, including the Merrill Lynch Option Volatility Estimate (MOVE) family of indices, from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The MOVE Index is a well-recognised measure of US interest rate volatility and can provide a signal for changing risk sentiment in fixed income markets. ICE will…

ISDA Selects Bloomberg for Fallback Adjustments

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association has selected Bloomberg Index Services to calculate and publish adjustments related to fallbacks that ISDA intends to implement for certain interest rate benchmarks in its 2006 ISDA Definitions. The adjustments reflect the fact that interbank offered rates (IBORs) are available in multiple tenors, while risk-free rates (RFRs) identified as…