FIX Protocol and the SIIA/FISD Sign Statement of Understanding

FIX Protocol Limited (FPL) and the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Financial Information Services Division (FISD) have signed a Statement of Understanding. FPL is a non-profit organisation that owns the intellectual property rights of the Financial Information eXchange Protocol (FIX), which is a globally-recognised messaging standard enabling the electronic communication of pre-trade and trade messages between financial institutions, primarily investment managers, broker-dealers, ECNs and exchanges. FISD is a non-profit, member, roundtable organisation, representing firms within multiple constituencies in the securities industry focused on operational and policy issues related to financial information.

This agreement outlines a collaborative approach that will seek to further promote the use of standards to enhance straight-through processing (STP), operational transparency, interoperability between market participants and regulators, and improved integration. These efforts will be of significant benefit to the financial services community, enabling even greater efficiencies and cost savings to be achieved.

This partnership will facilitate greater collaboration on a number of initiatives, including an agreement to work together with other industry bodies to provide leadership in the identification of reference and market data industry best practices for inclusion into international standards. In addition to this, FPL will actively contribute to the FISD Data Model Working Group, which has been formed to consolidate and extend existing instrument data models into a framework that addresses the business issues exposed by the current credit crisis. These issues include the intermittent and inconsistent reconciliation of business and technical practices across merged and acquired platforms, and the relationship between streaming trade data and reference/proprietary information stored in multiple relational databases.


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