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Mark-it Partners Acquires Totem Derivatives Valuations

Mark-it Partners has agreed to acquire Totem Market Valuations, a provider of OTC derivatives consensus valuations. Mark-it hopes the combination of Totem’s valuations data will complement its own credit pricing and reference data services, helping clients meet increasingly stringent regulatory and accounting requirements. Tim Barker, CEO of Totem, will join Mark-it Partners’ management team as…

Mark-it Partners Taps Caplin for Price Collection, Dissemination

Credit pricing and reference data service Mark-it Partners has signed up to use Caplin Systems’ Liberator and Real Time Text Protocol (RTTP) systems to collect and redistribute streaming credit price information. The systems will collect prices from participating bank traders’ spreadsheets, deliver the data to the Mark-it Partners database for cleansing and aggregation, and then…

Reuters Strikes Up Alliance with Asset Control

Reuters DataScope has forged a strategic alliance with Dutch data management vendor Asset Control. The two companies plan to integrate their products, offering clients Reuters DataScope pricing, historical and reference information services within Asset Control’s data management systems. The deal is aimed at making Reuters’ equities, fixed-income and corporate actions services more quickly deployable within…

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…

Daiwa Securities America Opts For XSP Platform, Data

Daiwa Securities America has gone live with XcitekSolutionsPlus’s XSP corporate actions processing platform in a record 30-day implementation. The project had been slated for a 60-day rollout. Daiwa opted for XSP in the hopes of reducing its exposure to corporate actions processing failure while preparing for future volume increases. In addition to the XSP software…

Full Speed Ahead, but Get Management Buy-In First!

What with independent research groups predicting diametrically opposed directions of IT spending in financial services, it’s difficult to get a handle on how our industry’s recovery is really going. We were piqued to see Celent and TowerGroup disagreeing on the direction of the marketplace – one said European IT spending in finance was heading down,…

Xcitek Enters Alliance with Financial Information Network

Corporate actions data vendor Xcitek has entered a strategic alliance with Financial Information Network, provider of accounting and trading solutions. The deal calls for Xcitek to provide FIN clients with corporate actions data and cost-basis information. According to Xcitek managing partner Joseph Carvalhido, “By combining FIN’s complete global portfolio management system with Xcitek’s renowned data,…

FT Interactive Data Signs with Absreports.com for Evaluations Data

FT Interactive Data will make its asset- and mortgage-backed securities evaluations data available via Absreports.com, which provides contact, transaction and performance data for the European securitization industry. Under the arrangement, visitors to absreports.com can click on a link to access FT Interactive Data’s FTS desktop portfolio administration tool, which can be used to view more…

Sitting Up and Taking Notice

Finally, the world seems to be paying attention to what industry protagonists have been saying about the reference data marketplace for what now seems like quite some time: that reference data is important to your business, no matter what it is. Maybe it’s because the protagonists have become more sophisticated. We were encouraged to hear…

EDI Names Two to Reinforce London Sales Team

Reference data supplier Exchange Data International (EDI) has named two business development managers to its London sales team, both reporting to director Kevin Brady. Rickie Glasgow joins from Reuters, where he was product manager for DataScope Portfolio and Global Pricing. Andy Sabourin joins from HSBC’s market data division. Prior to that he was major accounts…