ANNA is a global member association seeking to foster standardisation within the financial industry by upholding the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) principles and by promoting International Securities Identification Numbers (ISINs), Classification of Financial Instrument codes (CFIs), and Financial Instrument Short Names (FISN), for financial instruments.

SIX and CUSIP Global Services will jointly facilitate an extensive enhancement to ASB’s existing Portal Tech Infrastructure, resulting in improved communication and data quality between contributors and market participants. Part of the overhaul will also be a migration of the platform to a cloud-based infrastructure, the development of a new interface with an integrated data quality dashboard, a data challenge and error logging system, and enhanced search and download capabilities.

This detailed restructuring of ASB’s current technology infrastructure will ensure the highest standards of data quality and will improve communication between the federated group of national numbering agency contributors.

The ASB is a central data hub that has been collecting and enriching securities data from around the world since 2001. Its database contains global security and entity identifier data for over 34 million publicly traded instruments, contributed by a federated group of 116 national numbering agencies providing ISIN coverage across more than 200 jurisdictions. The ASB was developed and is operated jointly by ANNA partners, SIX and CUSIP Global Services.

Development work on the enhancements to the ASB has already started.

Marcus Müntener, Global Head of Customer Services & Data Operations, Financial Information, SIX, said: “The ANNA Service Bureau has become a critical component of the global financial markets’ infrastructure, by virtue of its reliability and widespread accessibility. The enhancements we will be making will ensure that it continues to maintain that position for many years to come. We are pleased to be working with our partners at ANNA, CUSIP Global Services and all of the contributing numbering agencies around the world in continuing the success story of the ANNA Service Bureau, based on cloud and state-of-the-art technology.”

Dan Kuhnel, Chairman of the ANNA board of directors, said: “Both CUSIP Global Services and SIX have developed impeccable track records over the course of our longstanding partnership, continually keeping us moving forward while also maintaining the most stringent data quality and reliability standards. We are excited to embark on this new project to improve the reliability, resiliency and usability of our database, ultimately delivering higher quality reference data to the marketplace.”

Scott Preiss, Managing Director and Global Head of CUSIP Global Services, said: “As founding members of ANNA, we are acutely aware of the vital role the organisation plays in global financial markets. By migrating to a cloud-based architecture and making important interface improvements, we will ensure that the ASB continues to be a beacon of reliability and certainty for many years to come.”


SIX
SIX operates and develops infrastructure services in the Securities & Exchanges, Banking Services and Financial Information business units with the aim of raising efficiency, quality and innovative capacity across the entire value chain of the Swiss financial center. The company is owned by its users (122 banks). With a workforce of some 2,600 employees and a presence in 20 countries, it generated operating income of CHF 1.13 billion and Group net profit of CHF 120.5 million in 2019.
www.six-group.com

About CUSIP Global Services
The financial services industry relies on CGS’ unrivaled experience in uniquely identifying instruments and entities to support efficient global capital markets. Its extensive focus on standardization over the past 50 years has helped CGS earn its reputation as a trusted originator of quality identifiers and descriptive data, ensuring that essential front- and back-office functions run smoothly. Relied upon worldwide as the industry standard provider of reliable, timely reference data, CGS is also a founding member and co-operates the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) Service Bureau, a global security and entity identifier database for over 34 million publicly traded instruments, contributed by a federated group of 116 national numbering agencies providing ISIN coverage across more than 200 jurisdictions. CGS is managed on behalf of the American Bankers Association (ABA) by S&P Global Market Intelligence, with a Board of Trustees that represents the voices of leading financial institutions. For more information, visit www.cusip.com.

About ANNA
Established in 1992 by 22 founding numbering agencies, ANNA is the membership organisation of national numbering agencies, which are operated by depositories, exchanges, government agencies, nationally central data vendors and other financial infrastructure organisations. ANNA also serves as the registration authority for the ISIN and FISN standards, under appointment by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Under ANNA’s stewardship, the role of the ISIN in enabling global financial communications has been established worldwide. ISINs are issued today more than 200 jurisdictions worldwide. In addition, ANNA has developed the Derivatives Service Bureau (DSB), a fully automated global numbering agency to meet the operational and regulatory requirements of the over-the-counter derivatives markets. The number of national numbering agencies and nations working to establish national numbering agencies continues to grow each year, now surpassing 120 jurisdictions globally.  For information about ANNA, its members and activities, please visit anna-web.org