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S&P’s Money Market Directories Expands Its Coverage Beyond the US and Canada

Standard & Poor’s Money Market Directories (MMD), a source of financial research and data on the institutional investor industry, announced expanded international coverage with the availability of its MMD Global dataset on MMD WebAccess. This new MMD dataset includes asset information and contact details of pension funds, endowments, tax exempt organisations and sovereign wealth funds…

SEC Seeks Comment to Assist in Study on Assigned Credit Ratings, Examines Utility Model

As part of its broader examination of the impact of credit ratings agencies on the financial markets, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has published a new request for comment on the feasibility of a system in which a public or private utility or a self-regulatory organisation would assign a nationally recognised statistical rating organisation…

US SEC: XBRL for Financial Statements

The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rules requiring companies to provide financial statement information in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) to improve the information’s usefulness. This is an overview for companies that are required to begin submitting XBRL data during 2011 and summarises some of the main process issues, lessons learned to date and…

SEC Announces Agenda and Panellists for Roundtable on Money Market Funds and Systemic Risk

The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced the panellists and final agenda for the Money Market Funds and Systemic Risk Roundtable to be held 10 May. The roundtable will address the potential for money market funds to pose a systemic risk to broader financial markets – what makes money market funds vulnerable to runs and…

Hudson Bay Capital’s Black Discusses Bloomberg Vault Implementation, Cost Saving Benefits of Cloud-Based Data Storage

The expanded registration requirements under Dodd Frank for firms that once fell under exemptions have resulted in many more firms being compelled to invest in data storage solutions in order to ease the data retrieval process and keep costs down. One such firm is buy side firm Hudson Bay Capital Management, which has recently rolled out…

Calypso Technology Releases Version 12

Calypso Technology Inc., the global capital markets platform provider, today announced the release of Calypso Version 12 (V12) of its cross-asset, front-to-back office platform. The new release improves on best practice standards with stronger seamless integration across asset classes and between functional layers. V12 also builds on Calypso Technology’s growing status as a single-source-of-truth for…

CFTC Releases Draft Implementation Proposals, Data Reporting Timelines are a Key Consideration

Following on from the decision last week to give the industry an extra 30 days in which to provide feedback on the majority of its recent proposals, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has released a short consultation paper concerning the phased implementation timelines for the swaps component of the Dodd Frank rules, which highlights…

State Street Vision Report Examines the Impact of Regulatory Change Within Europe’s Investment Management Industry

State Street Corporation today released the latest of its Vision Focus reports which identifies trends within the European investment management sector. Entitled, “The Changing Shape of European Investment Management,” the report examines the wave of new regulation worldwide and its impact on business practices and operating models. According to the report, regulatory efforts have shifted…

Is the OFR Biting Off More Than it Can Chew?

Serious concerns have been raised about the capacity of the US Office of Financial Research (OFR) to be able to effectively process and number crunch the high volumes of reference and economic data that it will receive from the industry in order to monitor systemic risk. The influx of data inputs could potentially overwhelm the…

Markit is the Latest to Fall Under the European Commission’s Spotlight for its CDS Data Practices

In the latest of its investigations into the data vendor community’s data practices (following its continuing investigations into S&P and Thomson Reuters), the European Commission has launched a new anti-trust investigation into Markit’s data sharing arrangements with 16 bank dealers in the credit default swap (CDS) market. The Commission is seeking to establish whether the…