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Brewin Dolphin Opts for Zoomix Accelerator for Instrument, Client Data Management

UK private client investment manager Brewin Dolphin has implemented Zoomix’s Accelerator enterprise data management platform to automate the matching, standardization and classification of hundreds of thousands of customer and financial data records. Accelerator is a so-called ‘self-learning’ data management platform that analyzes the relationships and meanings relevant to any data domain by observing decisions made…

A-Team Analysis: Can S&P Solve the Problem of Entity Identification Where the ISO Process Has Failed?

Another month, another twist in the tail of the International Business Entity Identifier (IBEI) story. In fact, there could be two twists this month if the Swift CIVIC initiative does turn out to be on the skids. As reported extensively in Reference Data Review last year (in the October 2007 issue among others), the ISO-led…

Swift Admits CIVIC Plans “Under Review”, as Observers Suggest Business Case Proving Difficult

As Reference Data Review went to press, it emerged that Swift could be having second thoughts about pressing ahead with previously-announced plans to allocate BIC-like codes to funds – dubbed CIVICs (Reference Data Review first brought to light Swift’s CIVIC plans as far back as September 2006). In light of the failure of the ISO…

Reuters Adds OTC Equity Options Prices to DataScope Select

In its third quarterly release this year of its hosted data management and extraction platform DataScope Select, Reuters has incorporated what it says are significant enhancements to the solution in the areas of OTC equity options pricing and counterparty data. The evaluated pricing services within Reuters DataScope Select have been extended with the provision of…

Now is the Time for Reference Data Collaboration, TowerGroup Says. But is it Really?

When it comes to reference data, TowerGroup has something of a reputation for spotting a trend just as it is about to become a major industry focus. Statistics from the analyst’s first major report on the subject in 2001 and its updated iteration in 2005 are still liberally cited by industry commentators in print and…

ICMA Ltd Plans Data Products, Extension Of TRAX2 to More Instruments

Data products will be at the heart of a new raft of offerings being developed by ICMA Ltd, the market services division of the International Capital Market Association (ICMA). In an effort to more effectively utilise the data assets it has acquired through its provision of the TRAX trade matching and transaction reporting system for…

A-Team Analysis: Future of IBEI in Question as Eight Countries Vote it Down; Could the BIC Be the Answer?

The results of the second ballot among national markets on ISO 16372 International Business Entity Identifier (IBEI) are in – and with eight countries voting against and six for (plus three abstentions and four no votes), the future’s not looking very bright for the standard. That said, as one industry observer puts it, “it’s not dead…

A false sense of securities?

Swift’s Sibos event in Boston in early October was the biggest ever (don’t they always say that?) and there was no shortage of involvement from the enterprise data management suppliers and some of the bigger reference data vendors. Even the delegates seemed pretty interested in all things data related, as the strong turnout for the panel…

Panic Abates as FSA Says Firms Won’t Have to Use Alternative Code

The UK Financial Services Authority has calmed market practitioners’ fears about the new Alternative Instrument Identifier (AII) for use in identifying some derivative instruments in MiFID transaction reports (Reference Data Review, September 2007) by clarifying that individual firms will not have to use the code for the time being. Rather, reporting entities will just have…

A case of mistaken identity?

Another month, another MiFID-related reference data issue for practitioners to get their knickers in a twist about. As Reference Data Review went to press, several of our moles within the marketplace came to us to express their horror at the proposed Alternative Instrument Identifier (AII) for use in identifying derivatives in transaction reports. One source…