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Clear Path Analysis Finds that Despite Advances, Exchanges Want More from their Current Technology Infrastructures

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London -- Exchanges around the world are looking for new strategies to improve their technology infrastructures. Whether the objective is to manage transaction volumes, prevent trading failures, build market data revenue or meet competitive challenges, it is clear that exchanges must focus on the underlying technology that drives their businesses. In the Clear Path Analysis report, Global Exchange Technology and Data, released on Monday 25th June, leading exchanges take stock of their most pressing challenges and discuss how they are working to address them through improvements to their technology infrastructures. Technology issues affect the markets in a number of ways, and reliability is essential. For even the most advanced exchanges, well-known trading technology failures have generated reputational damage and heavy costs.  In addition to the importance of overall reliability, however, technology is also a critical competitive factor. Commentating in the report, Jean-Francois Delrieu, Head of Technology Partnerships, NYSE Euronext, states “One of the challenges we are facing is the need to create the capacity to innovate and improve the technology of our platforms to outperform the competition…we are aiming at constantly improving the platform, while keeping it stable for everyone to trade transparently and smoothly.” Highlighting the competitive advantages new technology can provide for exchanges around the world, Kersi Tavadia, Chief Information Officer, BSE (formerly Bombay Stock Exchange), explains how they have capitalised on these advances: “We have invested heavily into upgrading our technology, which allows us to increase our speed and keep pace with competitors in the West. As our exchange grows, we will continue to upgrade our technology.” Another top technology issue for exchanges is market data distribution. Exchange groups are looking for the most effective ways to build data revenue, broaden distribution, and serve the rapidly growing mobile application market. Hubert Holmes, Chief Business Development Officer, Xignite, said in the report “Exchanges are becoming more aware of growing demand from data consumers who want exchange data, but without the infrastructure or cost structure of legacy data distribution technologies.” For developing exchanges, the rise of cloud computing and other cost-effective technologies helps expand global reach and attract new liquidity. Commentating on this sector of the market, Holmes added “For developing exchanges, market data is an important asset for strengthening brand identity and attracting liquidity, but one of the challenges has been how to cost-effectively reach the market. This is where a cloud-based market data distribution capability is essential. When users only need a web browser and an internet connection, there is no geographical or technological barrier to your market data.” While the report by Clear Path Analysis shows that improving technology infrastructure is a necessary and critical priority for exchanges, the group also acknowledges the realities of regional regulatory frameworks and their impact. Eileen Muscat, Chief Executive Officer, Malta Stock Exchange, sums up the latest opportunities with: “Technology in itself facilitates, but does not provide the solution, and therefore the improvements in technology are only effective if the supporting legal, regulatory and operational and procedural framework actually supports an increase in business.” To obtain a copy of the Clear Path Analysis report on Global Exchange Technology and Data and/or speak with one of the commentators please email jessicamcghie@clearpathanalysis.com, call +44 (0) 207 936 935, or visit www.clearpathanalysis.com/reports/global-exchange-technology-and-data About Clear Path Analysis Clear Path Analysis is an impartial, independent publisher of high quality reports on pressing industry issues written by a cross-section of experts in the financial services, investments and pensions sector. Clear Path Analysis has a unique position in the market place- because of its model of using majority end users and buyers to contribute to high quality papers. Clear Path Analysis, established by Noel Hillmann in January 2010, is headquartered in London and has plans to expand into New York over the next two years, substantially growing its headcount. For further information, please visit www.clearpathanalysis.com

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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