Bedford, Mass and London: January 10, 2006 -- FT Interactive Data, part of Interactive Data (NYSE: IDC) and a leading global supplier of securities pricing, evaluations and data for valuation purposes, and Markit Group Limited (âMarkitâ), a leading source of independent mark-to-market pricing and valuations, today announced a groundbreaking strategic alliance in the corporate and government bond valuation marketplace. The companies believe that this initiative will further strengthen the quality of FT Interactive Dataâs comprehensive bond evaluation services.
The alliance supports the evolution of corporate bond valuations by allowing FT Interactive Data to use Markit's credit default swap (CDS), credit index and bond pricing data within FT Interactive Dataâs corporate and government bond evaluation models. This integration of pricing data across related asset classes will augment existing data sources already used by FT Interactive Dataâs international teams of evaluators in the interpretation of the markets, providing visibility to new areas of the credit markets and permitting a broader array of comparative analyses for the benefit of FT Interactive Dataâs customers.
FT Interactive Data provides independent daily evaluations for approximately 2.5 million fixed income and international equity issues, and is a leading supplier of evaluated pricing to more than 4,000 global financial institutions. Backed by more than 30 years of experience in evaluating fixed income securities, FT Interactive Data has proven itself to be an industry leader.
Markit is a leading provider of daily, independent mark-to-market pricing, over-the-counter derivative valuations, dividend forecasting, index services and reference entity data. Pricing is drawn from over 50 dealing firms and provided to over 300 financial institutions globally.
Stuart Clark, Interactive Dataâs president and chief executive officer, said: "We believe that Markitâs insight on the global credit market, combined with FT Interactive Dataâs strength and expertise in the fixed income evaluation arena, will help infuse even more quality and depth into the comprehensive range of services we offer to our customers. The alliance also provides a significant volume of additional credit market information that will supplement FT Interactive Dataâs well-established methodology and enable us to offer evaluations of corporate and sovereign debt instruments that better reflect the complexities of todayâs ever-changing marketplace."
"Markit is delighted to be working with FT Interactive Data to contribute to the evolution of critically important evaluated bond pricing," added Lance Uggla, chief executive officer of Markit Group.
In addition to the incorporation of CDS pricing into FT Interactive Dataâs corporate and government bond evaluations, this alliance provides for the expansion and enhancement of the service offerings of both FT Interactive Data and Markit. FT Interactive Data will now provide its customers with access to Markitâs CDS and loan datasets, historical data, CDXâ¢ and iTraxxâ¢ families of index data, and Markitâs Reference Entity Database (RED), the industry standard for reference entity and reference obligation identifiers used throughout the CDS markets.
Markit will now provide its clients with access to FT Interactive Dataâs fixed income evaluation services through the Markit Portalâ¢. The Markit Portal is a leading distribution channel for integrated asset pricing, news and independent research.