Credit Crunch to Shape Reference Data Market in 2008

NEW YORK-Recent turmoil in financial markets will push performance measurement and counterparty data initiatives up the agenda in 2008, say industry professionals.

After several firms reported losses in the third quarter of 2007, mainly due to investments tied to sub-prime assets, senior executives are expected to focus increasingly on risk management this year. This trend is also likely to hit the reference data market.

"A knee-jerk reaction to the credit market meltdown could be that firms pull