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FT Interactive Data joins Corporate Actions and Information Vendor Benchmarking

London, 26 April, 2004 – CityCompass, the independent facilitator of contemporary market issues affecting the financial services sector, today announced that FT Interactive Data, a leading provider of financial information and analytical software to global markets, has joined the DTCC, ADP Wilco, CheckFree, Information Mosaic, Mondas, Vermeg, Tata Consultancy Services and XcitekSolutionsPlus in participating in the unique business benchmarking of software and information vendors, to be held at the Merchant Taylors’ Hall, London on the 30th June.

Gary Wright, Managing Director of CityCompass and creator of the benchmarking concept stated "The 2004 Benchmarking event is the only major forum in Europe that concentrates on all the major issues surrounding corporate actions including the IPO market. The participation of FT Interactive Data greatly adds to the quality and coverage of the benchmarking of information vendors which will show all the leading players and how they are meeting the industry challenges in corporate action issues. The conference and roundtable sessions will provide a superb chance for all people involved in settlement of primary and secondary market issues to hear the latest on listing rules, harmonisation of rules, offshore/onshore outsourcing and standardisation of settlement."

Helen Cook, FT Interactive Data’s European business manager, said: "FT Interactive Data provides a wealth of corporate actions data and has formed strategic alliances with software providers for many years to help provide the information and tools for end-to-end added value solutions to securities data consistency and quality across organisations worldwide."