Interview: Lifting the Hood on SmartStream's Reference Data Utility

Victor Anderson chats to Peter Moss, CEO of SmartStream's Reference Data Utility, about the project's premise and its benefits to industry participants.

Victor Anderson interviews Peter Moss, the recently appointed chief executive of SmartStream's Reference Data Utility, about SmartStream's role in the RDU and how capital markets firms might benefit by participating in and utilizing the project.

SmartStream's RDU is not a new project by any means, but it is making waves across the capital markets in terms of offering buy-side and sell-side firms with a viable alternative to managing large volumes of reference data in-house, while also helping them to reduce costs by way of technology and head count.

Issues covered in this interview include:

  • The 'utilitization' of the industry and why so many firms are showing interest in utilities 
  • The premise behind the establishment of the RDU and what it seeks to achieve 
  • How capital markets participants can benefit by their involvement in the RDU
  • The types of capital markets firms that stand to benefit through the use of the RDU 



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