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Interactive Data to launch liquidity indicators services

First Published 19th May 2015

Tools will help firms understand their portfolios' liquidity profiles under normal and stressed market conditions.

Andrew Hausman, Interactive Data

Andrew Hausman, Interactive Data

"Understanding liquidity risk is a top priority for most firms these days, and particularly so in mutual fund companies."

Interactive Data, a provider of fixed-income evaluated pricing, has announced that its Liquidity Indicators Service will be available in July.

"Bond market liquidity is top of mind for investors as they prepare for rising interest rates. Tools that help them understand real and theoretical liquidity levels in a market where only a fraction of bonds trade on any given day are now critical to effective portfolio management," according to Kevin McPartland, Head of Market Structure Research at Greenwich Associates.

The Liquidity Indicators are designed to support firms' liquidity risk management needs during all economic cycles, even in stressed markets. The Indicators include estimates of the Projected Trade Volume Capacity of a fixed income security, which can be used in conjunction with firms' actual position sizes to estimate the potential number of days to exit a position under various stressed assumptions. In addition, Liquidity Scores are offered to help firms understand their portfolios' liquidity profile. Liquidity Scores can facilitate analysis of a variety of comparable groupings, including security vs. universe, security vs. asset class, and security vs. sector, offering flexibility to a range of firm types and functions.

"Understanding liquidity risk is a top priority for most firms these days, and particularly so in mutual fund companies, given their long-standing regulatory requirements and responsibilities to service shareholder redemptions on a daily basis", said Andrew Hausman, President, Pricing and Reference Data at Interactive Data. "Our clients need to have confidence in the analysis of their ability to exit a position at a particular price and understand the liquidity of their portfolio relative to the overall market. These tools will help them do that." he added.

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