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Bridging the Gap Between Operational and Credit Risk: Fitch Ratings Integrated Into Algo OpVantage FIRST Database

TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - Algorithmics Incorporated announced today that it has chosen Fitch Ratings issuer ratings to include within its Algo OpVantage FIRST (Financial Institutions Risk Scenario Trends) database of case studies. The Algo OpVantage FIRST database has been mapped to selective ratings history, and tracked to start and end dates of an operational risk event, for the significant range of public companies covered by Fitch Ratings.

"The incorporation of Fitch Ratings into the Algo OpVantage FIRST database enables clients to complete deep analysis of the cost of a risk event, including the cost of borrowing capital, beyond pure loss amount," said Penny Cagan, managing director and head of research for Algo OpVantage. "It will also allow us over time to track how operational risk events impact a company's credit rating, which is an issue many of our clients are investigating as they analyze the relationship between credit and operational

Dan Mudge, group managing director of Algo OpVantange commented on the inclusion of the Fitch Ratings: "Fitch Ratings provides significant coverage of the corporate markets and a deep repository of publicly available content that allows to us to add value for our client base in a way that is unmatched in the industry."

In addition to new content, new functionality has also been added to the database, which includes the ability to download events in XML format. These enhancements have been driven by feedback from Algo OpVantage's extensive user
base of over 70 global financial institutions.

About the Algo OpVantage FIRST Database:
The Algo OpVantage FIRST database, utilizing a unique real-life case study approach, is designed to assist institutions with their analysis of external operational risk events. The FIRST database is used as a qualitative tool, providing information on control breakdowns, event triggers, insight into why the losses occurred and lessons learned. FIRST contains case studies on approximately 5,500 operational risk loss events and is unrivalled in its depth of analysis and coverage of the industry.