Market Data User Group launched in Hong Kong

AMSTERDAM and HONG KONG, November 23, 2006 – Hong Kong is poised to claim another first: launching Asia’s first market data support and user group called Market Data User Group (the User Group). The User Group will hold its first meeting at 6.30 pm on Thursday, November 23, 2006, at the Reuters Office, 42/F, Gloucester Tower, Central, Hong Kong.

Antony Choi, Director, Market Data Consultants Ltd (MDC) which represents INFOmatch in the Asian market, said, “We hope through the network being built by the User Group, there will be a better exchange of information among financial institutions in Hong Kong and in Asia in matters related to market data.”

The User Group is open to all financial institutions who are interested in sharing their experience in handling tasks related to market data, and in finding best of breed solutions for such tasks.

Barnaby Nelson, Business Owner, Reuters Datascope, who is sponsoring this evening’s event, said, “User groups such as the Market Data User Group are very common in Europe. Financial institutions have been enjoying the benefits of being able to share in knowledge in how to better manage market data and reference data.”

According to Frank Maltais, Head of PreSales, International Business Development, at AIM Software, another sponsor, “The modular and scalable flagship product of AIM Software, the Gain Data Management Platform, offers its client a wide range of functionalities for the automatic processing of financial data, which ultimately will help financial institutions here in Asia minimize the costs and risks associated with back office processes.”

Peter Fruitema, Managing Director at INFOmatch, also a sponsor, adds, “We support this initiative, which will without doubt add value to the local market data industry. We have a lot of experience with European User Groups, such as the UK Information Provider User Group, IPUG, as well as other domestic IPUG subsidiaries. We therefore know that it is valuable for market data professionals to have a platform such as the Market Data Group.”

The other sponsor for the event is ITRS.

About Screen

The Screen Group offers a range of specialised services and solutions for the professional financial services industry.

At the foundation of the company Screen built a unique consultancy practice that has made Screen the global leader for market and reference data advisory services. Through benchmarking, user profiling and requirements inventory Screen assists user firms in optimising their market data spend, as well as in researching, selecting and implementing software applications and solutions.

To inform the Financial Services Industry of new vendors and industry trends, Screen has been organising one day trade shows, Screen Events, for the last 18 years.

The offering is completed with a range of in-house developed and supported software solutions, the INFOmatch suite, which allows user firms to manage market data spend, create cost transparency and reduce redundant services.

The labels that represent this unique suite of complementary services are Screen Consultants, Screen Markets and Screen INFOmatch.

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Screen Group
Mr. Roel Mels
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