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BMO Financial Group Wins American Financial Technology Award

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Deployment of Xignite Enterprise for Cloud-Based Data Distribution Solution Named “Best Cloud Initiative”

BMO Financial Group (TSX, NYSE: BMO) and Xignite, the leading provider of market data cloud solutions, announced today that BMO has implemented Xignite Enterprise, a cloud-based data distribution solution that helps large financial institutions centralize, distribute and optimize access to market and reference data licensed by Bloomberg and other vendors. BMO’s deployment of Xignite Enterprise - dubbed BMO Skyway - was recognized as the industry’s Best Cloud Initiative at the 2014 American Financial Technology Awards ceremony on December 8th, 2014 in New York City.

BMO uses Xignite Enterprise to distribute market data licensed from several vendors throughout the organization using a private, branded on-demand market and reference data cloud. The solution helps BMO reduce market data expenses by eliminating duplicate data usage between departments and across vendors, while also driving accountability and compliance through its embedded entitlement controls and detailed usage tracking metrics. In addition, the data is readily available via REST APIs to help BMO power next-generation initiatives in several strategic areas.

Managing the volume, distribution, reconciliation and compliant use of market data feeds is increasingly becoming a challenge within the capital markets and banking sectors. Market data groups struggle to eliminate data silos and ensure that data is utilized effectively across divisions and departments. At the same time, new initiatives around digital wealth management and other key areas are pushing large financial institutions to look at not only reducing costs, but also increasing the firm’s ability to quickly respond to emerging technologies coming from Silicon Valley and other fast-emerging fintech areas.

“We subscribe to disparate feeds from many market data vendors,” said Rich Weston, Director and Global Head of Market Data at BMO. “Our data management team wanted to enhance our abilities to see how and where our market data was being consumed. We also wanted an architecture that could help us address the challenges and opportunities ahead, delivering improved time-to-market for new initiatives while effectively managing costs. BMO Skyway gives us that.”

Built on Xignite Enterprise, BMO Skyway centralizes and caches market and reference data collected from vendors in the cloud and provides employees and downstream systems with easy access to that data. Xignite Enterprise supports both native FTP format emulators for seamless and rapid migration, and next-generation REST-based APIs to fuel innovation. BMO now has greater storage capabilities, as well as access to user metrics and authentication functionality that ensures licensing compliance and helps optimize total cost of ownership (TCO) across multiple data vendors.

“Xignite created a centralized access point, which allows us to expose our catalogue of market pricing and reference data without significant re-engineering costs,” said Weston. “Our users can pull data into portals, proprietary in-house systems and applications in a matter of minutes because the data is easy to find and access. Our cost transparency has improved significantly and as a result, we can now model how our data is being used and reallocate the total cost to deliver and maintain the market data we provide as a service.”

“Easy and timely access to market data is going to be critical to the financial services industry’s ability to re-invent itself in the post-credit-crisis era,” said Stephane Dubois, Xignite CEO and founder. “Innovative organizations are realizing that they cannot entertain the status quo. They must take advantage of new technologies, such as the public cloud and APIs, to knock billions of dollars off their cost infrastructure while gaining the speed they need to compete in the new world.”

“BMO Skyway now gives us the capability to increase the value of our market and reference data resources,” said Weston. “But it is even more significant that we are now armed to innovate at the speed of a Silicon Valley startup.”

The American Financial Technology Awards, hosted by Waters magazine and WatersTechnology.com, recognize excellence in the deployment and management of financial technology within the asset management and investment banking communities. The “Best Cloud Initiative” award recognizes buy-side and sell-side firms, as well as exchanges, that demonstrate the greatest return on investment by deploying an internal cloud or integrating one or more third-party cloud environments.

About Xignite Xignite, Inc. is the leading provider of market data cloud solutions. Xignite makes sourcing and integrating real-time and reference market data into apps and devices easy and more cost-effective than alternative data feeds. The Silicon Valley-based company fuels FinTech innovation by powering web sites and apps for more than 1000 financial services, media, software and corporate clients, including FinTech standouts Betterment, Future Advisor, Personal Capital, SigFig, Stocktwits, Wealthfront, and Yodlee. The company’s Xignite Enterprise solution also powers private data distribution solutions for financial institutions, exchanges, and market data vendors including BMO, NASDAQ OMX, NYSE Technologies, and SIX Financial Information. For more information, visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite.

About BMO Financial Group Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization based in North America. The bank offers a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers. BMO Financial Group had total assets of $589 billion and more than 46,000 employees at October 31, 2014.

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Xignite, Inc., a provider of market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, announced today it has enhanced the data coverage for its’ interbanks and interest rates APIs in preparation for the required transition from the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) benchmark interest rate at the end of 2021.

Used in financial products such as adjustable-rate mortgages, consumer loans, credit cards and derivatives, LIBOR has been the world's most widely used benchmark for short-term rates. But after the 2008 financial crisis the U.S. Federal Reserve recommended a new benchmark interest rate to replace the outdated and problematic LIBOR. In the U.S market the new benchmark is Secured Overnight Funding Rate (SOFR), which is based on transactions in the U.S. Treasury repurchase, or repo, market, where banks and investors borrow or lend Treasuries overnight. Other countries are introducing their own local-currency-denominated alternative reference rates for short-term lending.

Xignite banking, and Fintech customers that build apps for capital markets, investment management, financing, and foreign currency exchange purposes, require interbank and interest rates data to manage exchange and interest rate risk. Xignite enhanced its Interbanks and Rates APIs with SOFR earlier this year and has now added four of the alternative overnight risk-free rates (RFRs) recommended to replace LIBOR for currencies in respective markets. The new rates include Euro Short-Term Rate (ESTR), Swiss Reference Rates (SARON), Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA), and Tokyo Overnight Average Rate (TONAR). These additional rates are available now at no additional cost to customers.

“Our rates and InterBanks APIs were the first REST APIs ever released to serve the needs of the lending and banking industries. They uniquely aggregate rates that are used by dozens of firms globally in critical business processes,” said Vijay Choudhary, Vice President of Product Management for Xignite “Given the major shift the industry is experiencing regarding reference rates, it was critical for us to support those new rates to give our clients the data they need to run their businesses,” added Choudhary.

Xignite’s Interbanks API offers real-time and historical interbank and deposit rates for currencies in 40 countries. Xignite’s Interest Rates API provides interest rate data for over 600 global treasury, money market and private capital market instruments and benchmarks. The new alternative T+1 (24hr+ delayed) rates include:

  •         Europe: Euro Short-Term Rate (ESTR) is an interest rate benchmark that reflects the overnight borrowing costs of banks within the eurozone. The rate is calculated and published by the European Central Bank.
  •         Switzerland: Swiss Reference Rates (SARON) represents the overnight interest rate of the secured money market for Swiss francs (CHF). The rate is calculated and published by SIX.
  •         United Kingdom: Sterling Overnight Index Average (SONIA) is the effective overnight interest rate paid by banks for unsecured transactions in the British sterling.
  •         Japan: Tokyo Overnight Average Rate (TONAR) is an unsecured interbank overnight interest rate and reference rate for the Japanese yen. The rate is calculated and published by the Bank of Japan.

About Xignite

Xignite has been disrupting the financial and market data industry from its Silicon Valley headquarters since 2006, when it introduced the first commercial REST API. Since then, Xignite has been continually refining its technology to help fintech and financial institutions get the most value from their data. Today, more than 700 clients access over 500 cloud-native APIs and leverage a suite of specialized microservices to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite.

06/09/2021

Xignite, Inc., a provider of cloud-based market data distribution and management solutions for financial services and technology companies, today introduced XigniteGlobalCorporateActions, a new advanced API providing detailed corporate actions data for events such as stock splits, dividends, mergers, and spinoffs. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a dramatic increase in corporate actions, annual meetings canceled, dividend payouts suspensions, and an accelerated company mergers and acquisitions rate. Knowing when a company plans to offer a split or undertake an acquisition is critical for buy-side and sell-side firms.

Corporate action processing is one of the “last frontiers of pain” for investment management, and one of the most manual and complex parts of back-office operations. The lack of uniformity and standards makes it difficult to identify and interpret information correctly. Obtaining accurate and timely information is challenging, and errors can result in painful financial losses. The XigniteGlobalCorporateActions is the first cloud-based REST API to eliminate the pains and complexity caused by legacy data feed and files. The API provides a single-source data stream with consistent information gathered from more than 190 exchanges and over 30,000 U.S. mutual funds.

The recent split of TSLA and AAPL stock on the same day illustrates the complex and far-reaching impact of corporate actions. If a firm does not do this correctly, it will show on historical charts, and their customers will notice. Xignite’s Data Quality team cross-validates our corporate actions data across sources and proactively detects and fixes any missing information. This prevents missing issues such as the TSLA and AAPL splits.

“The industry is facing a ‘perfect storm’”, says Vijay Choudhary, Vice President of Product Management for Xignite. “On one hand you have a massive wave of corporate actions fueled by the pandemic and the rising markets, and on the other you have millions of new retail investors eyeballing their investment applications all day long. One bad corporate action can send your customer service department into a tailspin,” added Choudhary. Additional detail on the Corporate Actions API endpoints:

GetDistributions - Returns cash and stock dividends as declared by the company for a requested security and date range.

GetDistributionsByExchange - Returns cash and stock dividends as declared by the company for a requested exchange and date.

GetEventSummaries - Provides a high-level overview of events for a requested security and date range.

GetMergers - Returns merger events for a given identifier and date range.

GetSpinoffs - Returns spinoff events for a given identifier and date range.

GetSplits - Returns the stock split history for a security for a specified date range.

GetTakeovers - Returns takeover events for a given identifier and date range.

Xignite

Xignite has been disrupting the financial and market data industry from its Silicon Valley headquarters since 2006 when it introduced the first commercial REST API. Since then, Xignite has been continually refining its technology to help fintech and financial institutions get the most value from their data. Today, more than 700 clients access over 500 cloud-native APIs and leverage specialized microservices-delivered modules to build efficient and cost-effective enterprise data management solutions. Visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite

05/18/2021

In the foreign metal market and the world of international rates, currencies play the crucial role of acting as the medium of exchange in the transactions that take place.

Currencies like the United States dollar, the Euro, or the British Pound are commonly used around the world in order to get a metal rate. Some companies that offer precious metal live and historical rates have exposed their APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) to allow developers to integrate current and historical metal rates, currency conversion, or other capabilities into their applications.

In order to know about precious metals live and historical rates, there’s a lot of APIs available online, and if you want to try one, Barchart is going to be one of your first options. But if you take a look at what else is in the market, you’ll find alternatives so many great alternatives:

Xignite Market Data Cloud Platform

Xignite Market Data as a Service was one of the first market data services built to run in AWS and they are one of the few vendors that is an AWS Advanced Technology Partner with a Financial Services Competency.

With more than a decade of cloud expertise in building, scaling and operating cloud-based market data technology, it is no surprise that leading financial services and capital markets firms rely on this company to empower their journey to the cloud. Their Metals API Service offers real-time prices and quotes for metals including Gold, Silver, Palladium, Platinum and other base metals. In addition to real-time precious metals prices, the service provides daily London Fixing prices as well as historical precious metal prices and metal news. 

Xignite Cloud APIs are sourced from leading providers such as FactSet and Morningstar as well as Xignite’s own curated, high-quality data.

Read the article Top 3 Alternatives for Barchart Precious Metals Rates

02/25/2021