Corporate Actions special report


April 2011 - sponsored by: DTCC, Fidelity ActionsXchange, SIX Telekurs, SWIFT

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A Standard Route

When I first took up the position as editor of Inside Reference Data four years ago, I was very excited about researching a report on why it was a good idea to standardize corporate actions information at the source-level. At that point, I thought I had shed light on something new. But I soon realized this was a topic that had already been on the agenda for years.

And it still is. Standardization at the issuer-level remains the missing piece. To reap the full benefits of investments in automating the corporate actions lifecycle, the industry will have to continue to raise awareness of the need for issuer involvement.

In recent years, data tagging standard XBRL has emerged as a potential solution, as it is now widely used for financial reporting. The question is if the industry can collaborate and, perhaps with support from regulators, convince the issuer community that standardization is the way forward.

In this Corporate Actions special report, which includes comments from industry experts and a news review, we hope to keep readers informed about the importance of what is happening in today's market, and how these developments can make a difference to the corporate actions processing cycle.

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