Markit RED: Invaluable Standard or Monopoly?

No other topic related to reference data causes as much despair as standards. The industry can talk all it wants about automating corporate actions and complying with KYC at conferences and working groups until the head traders go home. It's all about all those little codes and entity identifiers, constructing databases and establishing standards.

But where do the standards come from, who owns them and who is responsible for validation and ensuring accuracy? Should all standards be managed by

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