London: 5 July 2005
FT Interactive Data Europe, part of Interactive Data (NYSE: IDC), and a leading supplier of financial information and analytical software to global markets, announced today that its European Union Savings Directive (EUSD) data module now includes live EUSD data from CCLux, Luxembourg’s leader in collecting and disseminating investment funds data. FT Interactive Data’s EUSD data module now enables customers to access pan European EUSD data from one single source.
In line with the recommendations of ALFI and ABBL, the role of CCLux is to act as a communication hub between the financial institutions, which have the obligation to provide the information required by the Directive and the data vendors. In order to adequately serve the investment funds industry, CCLux offers a unique channel to collect, manage and disseminate the data whether the fund falls within or without the scope of the Directive.
FT Interactive Data’s full detail EUSD data module provides an exceptional depth of data to help understand the effect of the Directive on individual securities, assisting organisations to report information or withhold tax across different jurisdictions. Fund administrators using the detailed EUSD service will also be able to receive information indicating asset compositions of funds in addition to the EUSD status of negotiable debt instruments.
FT Interactive Data's basic service, which provides information from fund managers and other sources enabling customers to identify instruments – actively or inactively – captured by the Directive, has been available for several months. Both levels of service take a global approach and can be delivered directly into clients’ systems.
Roger Sargeant, FT Interactive Data Europe’s managing director, said: "We are delighted to be able to offer live EUSD data from CCLux as a component of our EUSD module. This will help our customers by providing a single source of easy to access EUSD data that now includes information about Luxembourg-registered investment funds. FT Interactive Data has been working with CCLux for some time and has been providing direct access to CCLux’s Fund Market Place, an online reference database of Luxembourg domiciled funds, since 2003."
Dominique Valschaerts, member of the Executive Committee of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange and CEO of CCLux added: "CCLux has confirmed its role as a financial information platform by adapting its infrastructure and organisation in order to comply with the EUSD requirements. Once again, and further to our previous collaboration within the framework of our CCLux Fund Market Place, we are now pleased to strengthen our relationship with FT Interactive Data in providing this international key player with more high added value data."
The Directive, which has been implemented to prevent cross border tax evasion, intends to capture tax on interest payments made to individual European Union members who are resident for tax purposes in another country from where the payment is made. Under the terms of the Directive, financial institutions that act as paying agents have a legal obligation to either report information or withhold tax.
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