Static data moves forward

Firms tackling high-speed and information-intensive tasks such as straight-through processing or risk management without accurate instrument and counterparty reference data may be taking enormous operational and credit risks. Clive Davidson reports on the latest movements in reference data management

When three leading credit derivatives dealers announced last month that they were co-operating to develop a database of reference entity information, there was no talk of gaining an edge over rivals in this intensely competitive market. This move illustrates a growing awareness of the importance of consistent, accurate and timely reference information in reducing credit, legal and operational risk.

Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase and Deutsche Bank combined forces to create a database of clean

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