London: 21 February 2006
FT Interactive Data Europe, part of Interactive Data (NYSE: IDC) and a leading supplier of financial information and analytical software to global markets, today announced that it is Iaunching an enhanced evaluations service with Interactive Dataâs CMS BondEdge division, one of the industryâs leading fixed income portfolio analytics vendors. Two new modules of assumptive and risk data are now available to download with FT Interactive Dataâs bond evaluations via FTS, its securities administration service. The powerful CMS BondEdge analytical capabilities enable FTS users to download dynamic measures such as option-adjusted spread (OAS) and option-adjusted duration.
The new assumptive data module provides access to the assumptions â such as the spread and yield â used to arrive at an evaluation, whilst the risk data module shows the risk measures, such as option-adjusted duration and convexity.
The new modules will help FTS users to independently monitor market rate risk associated with a broad spectrum of fixed income securities for which FT Interactive Data provides an evaluation. These will be provided on a request basis and will include coverage of specialised offerings such as US collateralised mortgage obligations (CMOs).
Against the background of new and more complex regulations â such as IFRS, UCITS III and Basel II â the financial services industry is becoming increasingly risk-focused. In addition, credit portfolios are often being managed within ever tightening constraints as part of their mandate. Active risk management has therefore become integral to the management process, with considerable focus on currency concentration, interest rate sensitivity, credit spreads, valuation and issuer concentration.
Lou Gehring, senior vice president, product manager, CMS BondEdge, commented: âWeâve seen a significant increase in the need for feed-based calculated bond analytical measures, such as option-adjusted duration and convexity, to help further centralise content that feeds investment applications and facilitate the risk management process.â
Ian Blance, FT Interactive Dataâs vice president, Capital Markets Europe, added: âThere is a need for high quality fixed income analytical services in the European marketplace. By combining the capabilities of CMS BondEdge with FT Interactive Dataâs expertise in bond evaluations, we aim to assist the industry with its increasingly complex compliance needs by offering enhanced, added-value services.â
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.
CMS BondEdge, an Interactive Data division, has been a provider of fixed income portfolio analytics to the investment community for over 25 years. Its client base includes more than 500 leading banks, investment managers, brokerage firms, insurance companies and pension funds throughout North America and Europe. Dedicated exclusively to fixed income, its flagship product BondEdgeÂ® delivers portfolio analysis tools enabling its customers to identify opportunities and analyse portfolio risk using sophisticated modelling techniques.
Interactive Data will demonstrate the enhanced bond evaluations service at the 12th Euromoney Bond Investors Congress, 28 February-1 March 2006, Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London.