worldflow, a leading provider of research software and services to the Financial Services industry, today announced the launch of a new US Directory of Independent Research Providers (US-IRP Directory). Developed in conjunction with the Investorside initiative to represent the interests of Independent Research Providers (IRPs) in North America, Canada, South America and globally, the US-IRP Directory is free use resource for buy-side institutions interested in accessing independent research from providers based in the US, targeting US investors.
As new regulatory obligations for the funding of investment research under MIFID II come into play, buy-side institutions are evaluating their existing investment research usage in terms of quality, value and potential conflicts of interest. The US IRP Directory, which is available via http://www.us-irp.com, provides Asset Managers, Hedge Funds, Pension Managers and Wealth Advisors with the ability to search for independent providers by research type, asset class, sector or geographical coverage, with sample research from each provider available to view. The Directory currently has 44 members, all of which target US clients with their research content.
Steve Jarrett, CEO of worldflow said: “The US-IRP directory has been developed with the full support of board members from the Investorside Independent Research Association, so provides an accurate and current representation of Independent Research Providers based in the US or those targeting US investors. It’s an intuitive, easy-to-use directory and in light of MIFID II obligations, we hope it acts as an essential reference source for the investment community as they analyze their investment research requirements.”
worldflow founded 2002 and focused solely on the financial sector. The Connect product suite allows for both the buy-side and the sell-side to build portals and to distribute consolidated research to both internal and external clients. The Connect2 product allows Providers to feed mutilple aggregators, trading platforms and direct to buy-side firms as a free service. worldflow currently provides a directory service for European focused clients, having built and maintained the EuroIRP directory (https://euroirp.com/Directory/) on behalf of the 70+ members of the European Association of Independent Research Providers (https://euroirp.com/). worldflow operates the http://www.worldflow.net/connect2/ and http://connect2.link/distribution networks connecting hundreds of sell-side and independent research firms with their clients via research aggregation services and trading venues globally.