A Means to a More Profitable End


How reference data can be used to improve profitability. By Thomas Aubrey, investment management director, Thomson Financial

When discussions kicked off towards the end of the 1990s about the move to a T+1 settlement date for equities, it became clear that an improvement in the quality of reference data was absolutely critical. For example, poor quality reference data was causing around 30 percent of trades to fail.

However, the initial enthusiasm for reference data that the proposed move to

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