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Markit launches new securities finance platform

Markit, a leading global diversified financial information services company, has launched a new securities lending data online platform that caters to the specific workflow requirements of lenders and borrowers.

The new service will introduce complementary Markit datasets; offer more timely data with the inclusion of pending and intraday trades; and enhance the functionality of several existing products to offer:

  • Book management enables lenders and borrowers to benchmark trading positions against market positions
  • Interactive charting allows users to create customisable views based on three years’ history, with integrated news and configurable criteria spanning key securities lending metrics
  • Market share analysis supports assessment of concentration risk and opportunities
  • Trading flow highlights helps identify squeeze risks and highlights the biggest changes in securities lending fees, lendable inventory and loan balances
  • Portfolio monitoring helps lending desks to easily create and monitor bespoke portfolios and watch lists with ease
  • Rerate tracking helps gauge changes in rate trends

David Carruthers, managing director and cohead of securities finance at Markit said: “We have invested in our online platform following extensive feedback from our lender and borrower customers. This new delivery channel is intuitive and can be easily scaled to meet the rapidly evolving requirements of the converging worlds of stock loan, repo and collateral management. This is part of a broader programme to address the growing collateral management requirements while continually enhancing our products as the securities lending market evolves.”

Markit’s daily global securities financing data covers $15 trillion of securities in the lending programmes of over 20,000 institutional funds and tracks loan balances of $2 trillion. It provides a comprehensive view of short interest data and institutional fund activity across equities and fixed income spanning all market sectors.

Over the past decade the dataset has brought transparency to the market, helping beneficial owners and custodians benchmark the effectiveness of their securities lending activities. Our analytics are used by lenders and borrowers to assess rates, availability, squeeze risk and make better informed investment decisions.