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… While Bear, Goldman and Lehman Sign Up to Markit OTC Affirmation Service

Markit has launched an electronic affirmation service within Markit Trade Processing (MTP). The first dealers to sign up are Bear Stearns, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers. The new service, which builds on Markit’s existing affirmation model, provides trade date affirmation and trade confirmation through industry utilities such as the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC),…

…While Rumours Persist of Reuters’ Purchase of Ecowin

Rumours have been circulating that Reuters is in negotiations to acquire Swedish data vendor Ecowin, with whom it recently entered a third-party distribution deal to integrate DataScope data into the Ecowin database (Reference Data Review, June 2005). Reuters is already a distributor of Ecowin’s economic data, and fees between the two vendors are essentially netted…

…While AIM Forms Alliance with DTS Latin

Meanwhile, AIM Software has also entered a strategic partnership with DTS Latin, enabling it to enter South and Central America with its reference data management software Gain DataDesktop, as well as its Gain Risk Management software. DTS Latin operates in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

…While Tap Adds Morningstar to Data Roster

Meanwhile, Tap is also building a feedhandler to Morningstar’s database of independent investment research. The development will enable Tap to provide access to Morningstar’s fund reference, operations, holdings, performance and other data covering stocks, mutual funds, variable annuities, closed-end funds, exchange-traded funds, separate accounts and college savings plans.

… While AIM Expands Data Partners with Reuters Deal

AIM Software has also entered a deal with Reuters to provide access to Reuters’ DataScope service within its Gain DataDesktop platform. The company has also introduced a new Gain Light Reuters as a basic version for the processing of Reuters’ data.