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Cusip Launches Premium Level Cusip Access Modules and New Service for European Syndicated Loans

Cusip Global Services has launched two new services: a premium level version of Cusip Access for clients that require more advanced options for managing reference data and a new platform through which European agent banks can request Cusip or ISIN identifiers. Cusip Access is now available as a “premium level service” with additional functionality and…

IBM Data Governance Council Discusses Industry Best Practices for Management of Critical Financial Data

The IBM Data Governance Council, which was set up three years ago by IBM and comprises 50 financial market firms, is currently discussing establishing best practices for the industry on how to manage critical financial data. The council plans to build what it calls an “information governance framework”, which will be based on their existing…

IBM Data Governance Council Ponders the Future of Data and Plans to Establish Best Practices

The IBM Data Governance Council, which was set up three years ago by IBM and comprises 50 financial market firms, is currently discussing establishing best practices for the industry on how to manage critical financial data. The council plans to build what it calls an “information governance framework”, which will be based on their existing…

Cusip Global Services Launches Premium Level Cusip Access Modules and New Service for European Syndicated Loans

Cusip Global Services has launched two new services: a premium level version of Cusip Access for clients that require more advanced options for managing reference data and a new platform through which European agent banks can request Cusip or ISIN identifiers. Cusip Access is now available as a “premium level service” with additional functionality and…

Agile Master Data Management: A Better Approach than Trial and Error? By Kelle O’Neal, managing partner at First San Francisco Partners

Market leading corporations are embracing master data management (MDM) to help make use of their information assets and strengthen their competitive position. Others are either in early stage planning or at risk of lagging behind those who already dominate their markets. Although still an emerging technology, MDM is quickly becoming a mainstream tool in light…

Introduction of BEI Beyond Industry’s Level of Maturity, Research Warns

Regardless of an understanding of the benefits of introducing a standard business entity identifier (BEI), the industry is as yet unconvinced that the cost of its introduction is justifiable. That is the message that the EDM Council, consultancy firm Bearingpoint and Swift heard loud and clear during interviews conducted with 15 international financial institutions as…

DIFC’s DClear Releases Plans for Reference Data Utility

DClear, the wholly owned subsidiary of the investment arm of the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC), has released plans for a reference data utility for the global financial market. The aim of the project is to provide a shared copy of reference data among financial market participants on both the buy and sell sides. It…

Life’s not fair…

Well it had to happen eventually: the whinging by some of the financial institutions making significant write-downs that it’s the accounting standards that are to blame, not any shortcoming on their part in allowing themselves to become dangerously over-exposed to instruments they didn’t properly understand. Accusations that “fair value” accounting standards are making the credit…

FISD Releases MDDL Open Source Licence in Further Bid to Encourage Take-Up

The Financial Information Services Division (FISD) of the Software and Information Industry Association has released a new MDDL 3.0 Open Source licence for the financial information industry. MDDL, or Market Data Definition Language, is an open industry standard XML dialect for securities market data. The announcement of the new licence aims to remove possible ambiguity…

The good, the bad and the ugly (news)…

News that Credit Suisse has been forced to suspend a group of traders in its structured credit trading division after “mis-markings and pricing errors” contributed towards another sizeable write-down serves as a further reminder – if one were needed – that ensuring accuracy and transparency in valuations of complex and hard to price instruments is…