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The Office of Financial Research To Look Hard At FIBO For Financial Instrument Reference Database

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Ontologies are getting a thumbs up to serve as the basis for the Office of Financial Research’s Instruments database. Last week, the Data & Technology Subcommittee of the OFR Financial Research Advisory Committee (FRAC) recommended that the OFR “adopt the goal of developing and validating a comprehensive ontology for financial instruments as part of its overall effort to meet its statutory requirement to ‘prepare and publish’ a financial instrument reference database.”

The Instruments database will define the official meaning of financial instruments for the financial system — derivatives, securities, and so on. The recommendation by the subcommittee is that the OFR conduct its own evaluation of private sector initiatives in this area, including the Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO), to assess whether and how ontology can support transparency and financial stability analysis.

FIBO, which The Semantic Web Blog discussed in detail most recently here, is designed to improve visibility to the financial industry and the regulatory community by standardizing the language used to precisely define the terms, conditions, and characteristics of financial instruments; the legal and relationship structure of business entities; the content and time dimensions of market data; and more. The effort is spearheaded by the Object Management Group and the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council.

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FIBO Summit Opening Remarks by EDMC Managing Director Mike Atkin

[Editor's Note: As our own Jennifer Zaino recently reported, the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council, a not-for-profit trade association dedicated to addressing the practical business strategies and technical implementation realities of enterprise data management held a two day FIBO Technology Summit in conjunction with MediaBistro’s Semantic Technology & Business (SemTechBiz) Conference, June 7th and 8th in San Francisco, California.  SemTechBiz was chosen for the summit because of its close proximity to the leading minds in Silicon Valley.
 
In afternoon and morning sessions, lead by distinguished academic and industry leaders, 60 top developers discussed 4 key technology challenges and developed plans that will lead to solutions critical to simultaneously lowering the cost of operations in financial institutions and ensuring the transparency required by regulations put in place since the beginning of the financial crisis of 2008.
 
Michael Atkin, EDM Council Managing Director began the deliberations with the following charge to the assembled experts.]

Photo of Mike Atkin, Managing Director, EDM CouncilI spent the majority of my professional life as the scribe, analyst, advocate, facilitator and therapist for the information industry.   I started with the traditional publishers and then moved on to my engagement in the financial information industry.  I watched the business of information evolve through lots of IT revolutions … from microfiche to Boolean search to CD-ROM to videotext to client server architecture to the Internet and beyond.

At the baseline of everything was the concept of data tagging – as the key to search, retrieval and data value.  I saw the evolution from SGML (which gave rise to the database industry).  I witnessed the separation of content from form with the development of HTML.  And now we are standing at the forefront of capturing meaning with formal ontologies and using inference-based processing to perform complex analysis.

I have been both a witness to (and an organizer of) the information industry for the better part of 30 years.  It is my clear opinion that this development – and by that I mean the tagging of meaning and semantic processing is the most important development I have witnessed.  It is about the representation of knowledge.  It is about complex analytical processing.  It is about the science of meaning.  It is about the next phase of innovation for the information industry.

Let me see if I can put all of this into perspective for you.  Because my goal is to enlist you into our journey.  Read more

Financial Services Industry Sees Operational Value in FIBO

Back in March, The Semantic Web Blog wrote an article about FIBO, the Financial Industry Business Ontology that’s on its way to being an Object Management Group series of standards. There, we explored its value as an open semantic standard that can be used by financial institutions and industry regulators, both to support conformance to federal regulatory reporting requirements and for internal business processes and risk analysis.

To continue the discussion about the operational value of FIBO, we recently spoke with key participants developing the standard: David Newman, Strategic Planning Manager, Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, Wells Fargo Bank, who is lead of the industry team collaborating on semantics OTC (over-the-counter) derivatives proof-of-concept, and Mike Atkin, managing director at the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council, where FIBO was born and is included as content of EDM’s Semantics Repository.

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Financial Services Industry Sets Realistic Expectations for Data Challenges

Thinking about this past week’s Demystifying Financial Services Semantics conference in NYC, hosted by OMG and The EDM Council, and messages that kept coming across: Think about the business issues first, and be realistic in the way your particular organization can accommodate them – semantic technology may be a large, limited or perhaps even non-existent factor, depending on the challenge.

Some commentary on this point from the panelists:

  • Citi chief data officer Eric Chacon discussed the challenges of not having a single source of master data that exists for businesses that grow  through acquisitions, as well as any organization highly decentralized in nature. Read more

FIBO, FIBO, It’s Off To A Financial Industry Business Ontology We Go

 

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Credit default swaps. Collateralized debt obligations. Moral hazards. The average person might find the financial services sector and its language as mystifying as some of those involved in the industry might find semantic technology. An event hosted by OMG and the EDM Council in New York City yesterday was aimed at demystifying the latter for Wall Street. But putting the technology to work there might help clarify the discourse around financial instruments for a wider audience, including the regulators who want to deal with concentration of risk issues that played a big role in the Wall Street meltdown.

One part of the picture is FIBO, the Financial Industry Business Ontology, which was the subject of two sessions at the event. An advance discussion of the topic with Thematix principals Elisa Kendall and Jim Rhyne, who was a panelist at the event, set the stage for us here at The Semantic Web Blog. “The primary practical use for an ontology like FIBO that is descriptive of various kinds of financial instruments, including so-called exotics, is that regulators and financial market participants get a common language to talk about things,” Rhyne explains. This is important, given that financial regulators try hard to be collaborative with the industry, pointing out the need, he says, for careful management of financial instruments, including recommendations about capital buffers to deal with downside risk and asking for timely reports of information that would allow them to assess the possibility that a systemic problem could occur rather than directly intervening by stopping trades.

Especially in the derivatives marketplace, there is a lot of “funky terminology,” he says, and not all of it is as well-understood as it should be. Different parties and different parts of the marketplace may call the same instrument by different terms, and one of FIBO’s aims is to provide a common vocabulary.

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