Bloomberg's FIGI: A Case of Red Light, Green Light

After the route toward accreditation via the ISO petered out, Bloomberg is vying to establish its reference data standard as a system of record in the US, following a win in Brazil.

At the start of 2019, the Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI) lost its initial bid to become accredited by the International Organization for Standards (ISO). Since then, it’s been a series of steps forward and back for the Bloomberg-backed initiative.

In the win column, Brazil chose to adopt the identifier this summer, but thus far that’s been the only country to jump on board. And in the loss column, a second attempt to accredit the FIGI through a different ISO technical committee

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