The processing agreements allow for the efficient on-boarding of each company’s data and jointly managed support between each data vendor and the RDU, resulting in a higher service-level for clients. 

The RDU takes a neutral position with data vendor partners, whereby clients select the data vendors they want the RDU to process on their behalf. Data vendors and the RDU work together to create more value for customers by taking advantage of their irrespective strengths and capabilities. 

Philippe Chambadal, CEO, SmartStream, states: “As we talk with our clients and prospects, they want to spend more with their data vendors, not less – as a result of regulatory initiatives or to add value to their businesses. The RDU’s mission is to lower the cost of processing reference data. Delivering on that mission creates opportunities for data vendors as we open up space for additional spend and as we lower data integration costs – one of the biggest barriers to purchasing more vendor data. We welcome the prospect of working with each of our data vendor partners to build more value for our mutual clients.” 

The SmartStream Reference Data Utility operates 24/7 to support its client base from centers in New York, London, Bristol, San Jose, Mumbai and Bangalore. Global coverage of listed equities, derivatives, fixed income and structured products incorporates a universe of more than 20 million securities.