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Xignite Closes $20M Series C Funding Round Led by QUICK Corp

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Quick Corporation JapanXignite, the leading provider of market data cloud solutions for financial institutions and financial technology companies, today announced that it has raised $20.5 million in a Series C funding round led by Tokyo-based QUICK Corporation, part of the Nikkei  Group and Japan’s largest financial information provider. StarVest Partners, Altos Ventures, and Startup Capital Ventures, Xignite’s current investors, also participated. This new round brings Xignite’s total funding to $37 million.

Nikkei Group JapanIn connection with the capital raise, Xignite and QUICK will be partnering to deliver Xignite’s cloud-based data solutions in the Asian market as well as QUICK’s proprietary financial data and information through Xignite’s market leading APIs. Xignite brings an elastic cloud infrastructure solution that is easy to use, multi-tenant, built on open standards and scalable with zero footprint to clients. QUICK is the first and leading financial information provider in Japan with a strong reputation and brand in Asia and a member of the Nikkei  group.

Xignite will use the funds to further scale its sales and marketing efforts and expand its product capabilities in order to fuel the company’s continued global growth. Together with QUICK, Xignite will continue to accelerate the growth and disruption created by financial technology innovations in the Asian market and elsewhere around the world.

Xignite powers many of the world’s most innovative fintech leaders, including Betterment, Currency Cloud, SoFi, Jimubox and 8 Securities. Xignite’s 1000+ customers are revolutionizing the financial services industry, disrupting key markets such as trading, wealth management, payments, and financial research and analysis. Over the past year, Xignite has experienced explosive growth, growing bookings by over 50 percent and serving more than 455 billion data requests from its APIs, with demand doubling every 6 months.

“The fintech revolution has only just begun and will sweep all aspects of the financial services industry in the coming years”, said Stephane Dubois, CEO and founder of Xignite. “Financial institutions can no longer afford to operate rigid and proprietary data infrastructures. Fintech innovators continue to put pressure on more traditional financial services companies. These legacy institutions must innovate and simultaneously cut costs if they want to survive and thrive in this new paradigm. This includes the complex, burdensome and costly consumption of financial data. We are excited to have QUICK’s backing and shared vision of an advanced, global market data cloud infrastructure.”

“Asia is the world’s largest fintech frontier and the region is experiencing hyper-growth,” said Noboru Yoshioka, QUICK’s President and CEO. “We are very pleased to announce that QUICK has partnered with Xignite, one of the most innovative fintech companies in the financial services industry. By combining our experience and leading position in Asia with Xignite’s technology and innovation, we have a unique opportunity to capture the growth in this market.”

Atsuyuki Nakajima, QUICK Managing Director, will be joining Xignite’s Board of Directors. Mr Nakajima currently leads QUICK’s Global and Strategic Business Development activities. As a 35+ year QUICK veteran, he brings invaluable knowledge and experience of the Asian market and financial market data to the Xignite board.

Marlin & Associates acted as exclusive strategic and financial advisor to Xignite in connection with the transaction. Jonathan Kaufman, Senior Managing Director at Marlin, said, “We are extremely pleased to have played a role in this exciting transaction, a significant event in the market data industry. Stephane Dubois has built an impressive and innovative company that has helped fuel the growth and innovation in the financial technology industry. We wish Xignite and QUICK the best of luck in their partnership.”

ABOUT XIGNITE

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Named to the Forbes Fintech 50 List, Xignite, Inc. provides cloud-based financial market data APIs to help emerging companies and established enterprises deliver real-time and reference market data to their digital assets, such as websites and mobile apps. Xignite’s clients include more than 1,000 financial services, media and software companies from disruptive fintech firms, such as Betterment, FutureAdvisor, Motif Investing, Personal Capital, Robinhood, StockTwits, Wealthfront and Yodlee, to leading financial institutions, exchanges and market data vendors. For more information, visit http://www.xignite.com or follow on Twitter @xignite.

ABOUT QUICK

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As a financial information vendor in the Nikkei Group, QUICK distributes real-time global securities and financial information as well as political and economic information. It provides comprehensive solutions to the securities and financial market with services for supporting asset management, order routing and execution and network construction and maintenance.

ABOUT NIKKEI

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Nikkei Inc. is one of the largest business media groups in Asia. Established in 1876 and upholding its corporate creed of being “fair and impartial”, Nikkei has consistently provided high-quality reporting on business, economic and international affairs. Group operations range from books and magazine to digital media, database services, broadcasting, economic/cultural events and other activities. After Nikkei’s purchase of the Financial Times Group,  two business media brands span all corners of the world with unrivalled reach and indispensable news, comment and analysis.

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RECENT NEWS

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