Standard & Poor’s Teams with ICAP to Provide Global End-of-Day Mark-to-Market Data

London - 10 April 2007

Standard & Poor’s MasterFeed will enrich its evaluations data with ICAP’s global interest rate, credit market and derivatives pricing data

Standard & Poor’s, the leading provider of financial market intelligence, and ICAP plc, the world’s premier interdealer broker, today announced an agreement to offer ICAP’s global market data to Standard & Poor’s clients. Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations will provide the ICAP data through MasterFeed, its consolidated securities reference data and end-of-day pricing feed service.

Standard & Poor’s is enriching its evaluations with ICAP data in response to growing demands from clients who deal with complex global, multi-asset class instruments, including Asian and European credit derivatives, Asian government bonds and other fixed income products. Access to ICAP’s comprehensive and authoritative pricing data can help Standard & Poor’s clients improve overall portfolio management and risk assessment.

“This agreement gives our clients a single delivery source of market pricing from ICAP, a market leader in interest rate, credit, and derivatives products,” says J.R. Rieger, Vice President of Global Evaluations for Standard & Poor’s. “As a result of this enhancement, clients can leverage both Standard & Poor’s and ICAP’s data to meet increased internal and external demand for comprehensive, transparent market coverage and consistent pricing.”

ICAP, the world’s premier interdealer broker, sets the standard for global market information and commentary for professionals in the international financial markets. Derived from ICAP’s global daily average transaction volumes in excess of $1 trillion, ICAP’s unique data represents pricing across a wide range of asset classes, time zones and financial instruments.

“In today’s global business environment, independent sources of data are key to making effective choices and developing successful solutions for evolving regulatory requirements,” says John Nixon, Director of Global Market Data Services for ICAP. “We are pleased to provide Standard & Poor’s customers with consistent pricing across all over-the-counter instruments to help support their complex evaluations and investment activities.”

The ICAP end-of-day pricing available in MasterFeed includes: Asian Interest Rate Derivatives, Credit Derivatives, and Money Markets; European Credit Derivatives, Money Markets, Fixed Income, Interest Rate Derivatives; Japanese Government Bonds; Global Foreign Exchange; and U.S. Money Markets, Credit Derivatives, and Interest Rate Derivatives.

A market leader in pricing fixed-income and illiquid securities, Standard & Poor’s has provided independent multi-asset class pricing for more than 35 years. With extended coverage of high yield bonds and complex structured products, such as CDs, interest rate swaps, credit default swaps, CDOs, CLOs and European structured finance bonds, Standard & Poor’s supports customers’ diverse pricing and evaluation needs.

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