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Know Your Counterparty: The Importance of Centralised, Quality Counterparty Data

By Rick Enfield, product business owner at Asset Control The rise of alternative investment classes and derivative products corresponds with an increase in the number of counterparties financial institutions are dealing with today. While financial institutions have kept a close watch on systemic and operational risk factors, additional levels of investment complexity, coupled with a…

FactSet Continues the Hunt for Partner Organisations and Focuses on Promoting IBEI

FactSet Research Systems, a provider of integrated financial information and analytical applications to the global investment community, has indicated that it is on the hunt for other third party vendor partners to extend its content coverage. The vendor is also contemplating joining the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council in the near future to help promote…

Patent Pending Ref Data Utility Offers Risk Mitigation, Seeks Backers

The inventors of an ambitious plan to create a risk mitigating Reference Data Utility for the securities industry are entering a new phase of marketing for their business venture in the belief that financial institutions can be galvanised by the lure of reduced capital and collateral requirements into solving once and for all the age-old…

CounterpartyLink Provides Legal Entity Data to Alacra, Joins Money Transfer Networks Association

Alacra, a provider of online business information solutions, has signed an alliance agreement with CounterpartyLink, supplier of global client, counterparty and issuer legal entity reference data. Through this alliance agreement, Alacra’s Concordance and Compliance customers will have access to CounterpartyLink’s full list of maintained reference data. This data is collected from sources, and maintained to…

Counterparty Data: Finding its Rightful Place in the Sun at Last, As Revenue Generation Gains Hit Home

Progress with industry-level efforts to create a universal standard for entity identification may be going nowhere fast, but this is not preventing financial institutions from undertaking projects to get their counterparty data in order. As a result, counterparty data is fast losing its reputation as the poor relation of the reference data family. As Mike…

Firms Will Spend $1.67 Billion on EDM in 2007, Aite Finds, But Most Don’t Plan to Hire Chief Data Officers

Enterprise data management (EDM) initiatives will account for $1.67 billion of spending by financial services firms in 2007, driven in the US by securities reference data challenges and data silos, and in Europe by the requirement to control client and counterparty data to comply with regulation such as MiFID and Basel II. So says analyst…

Avox Includes Fitch Credit Opinions in Counterparty Data

Avox and global ratings agency Fitch Ratings have signed a co-operation agreement to enable linkages to Fitch company identifiers and credit opinions within Avox’s counterparty data offering. Avox supplements its clients’ data records with information from Fitch Ratings as part of its counterparty data validation, cleansing and maintenance service. Ken Price, CEO of Avox, says:…

Worried About IBEI and MiFID? Don’t Be… By Georg Eisel, Managing Director, WM Datenservice

As markets coalesce across systems and nations, the financial industry is faced with a new challenge. Thanks to new information technology, products and services are more integrated than ever. EU legislation, such as Basel II, the Transparency Directive and MiFID, is on the increase. It is now incumbent upon the financial industry to come to…

New Head of ICMA Ltd Milne Predicts Data Aggregation Role

As a collector of data, the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) will play an important role in helping the industry deal with the increased reporting requirements, need for greater transparency and greater requirement for accurate data in a post-MiFID/Basel II European marketplace, believes the new managing director of ICMA Ltd, Kevin Milne. The changes to…

Siperian, CounterpartyLink Partner on Legal Entity Data Management

California based Siperian has forged an alliance with CounterpartyLink under which CounterpartyLink’s global legal entity data can be fed directly into Siperian’s counterparty master data management solution Siperian Hub. According to the partners, this alliance will support financial institutions’ efforts to comply with anti-money laundering, know your customer and Basel II regulations as well as…