Reference Data

With high-quality reference data on over 10 million financial instruments covering more than 180 markets, you’re able to improve risk management, maintain compliance with regulatory mandates and maximize operational efficiency across the enterprise. As a leading provider of this data, our researchers are based across the world, specializing in local markets in most languages. Building on decades of experience, we continue to strengthen our programs to help measure the quality, accuracy and timeliness of reference data.

BROAD ASSET COVERAGE

Reference Data Features

  • Essential identification and settlement information, such as identifier, issuer name, exchange, ticker, currency, payment frequency, coupon rate, maturity date, dated date, settlement date, first payment date and accrual method
  • Detailed terms and conditions data for debt (corporate, government, agency, municipal) and preferred and convertible stock, including call, put and sinking fund schedules, conversion details, coupon reset terms, payment-in-kind and step-up data, and default and credit enhancement data for municipal bonds
  • Tracking of corporate actions with comprehensive, timely information for numerous corporate action types, including mergers, rights offerings, tender offers, name changes, bankruptcies, recapitalizations, cash dividends, stock dividends, mutual fund payments, exchange listing changes and other shareholder notifications
  • Dividends, income payment details, earnings and amounts outstanding
  • Extensive classification and cross-reference information including a wide range of international security identifiers

HOW WE COLLECT DATA

Our team of researchers compiles information across an extensive range of sources, including: exchanges, underwriters, government agencies, issuers and other authoritative sources. We generate value-add attributes to meet the ever-changing demands of the market, including complex instrument indicators, liquidity indicators, industry classifications and taxonomy. We additionally partner with a host of other leading data and software providers to offer targeted propositions for specific regulations, such as: FATCA, Solvency II and AIFMD.

AUTOMATION & QUALITY CONTROL

With an emphasis on automation, our collection team seeks to eliminate manual entry errors and timing delays, resulting in higher quality data and increased delivery speed. Currently there are several hundred automated processes in place. A robust array of measurement tools and procedures help ensure quality data across the process. Tolerance checks and exception handling are included in our pre-product validation, which encompasses thousands of rules on entry and numerous daily management reports. Our post-product validation routines include: system generated error reports, source versus entry comparison and random samplings.

DATA QUALITY & INTEGRITY

Our Reference Data Production team is independent from our Reference Data Quality team; these teams interact to provide a series of checks and balances designed to sustain the high quality of the data. Data visualization tools are utilized to support their efforts by providing a real-time view into error trends and facilitating root cause analysis.

We are committed to maintaining high standards in data collection methodology utilizing performance metrics, trend analysis and monitoring external data sources.

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