LSE Gears Up for Sedol Launch

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The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is launching the first stage of its new Sedol Masterfile initiative today, Monday, March 8, following a six-week delay (IMD, Jan. 19).

The enhanced Masterfile service, which replaces numeric-only codes with alphanumeric ones, was originally due to go live on Monday, Jan. 26. But the exchange delayed the launch due to concerns that vendors and data consumers would not be ready.

"We asked customers when and how to launch the service and they told us they wanted a