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BondLink, Ipreo collaborate on a new data tool for issuers, investors

BondLink and Ipreo by IHS Markit today announced a collaboration between the two companies that will provide issuer credit data to institutional bond investors via technology from Ipreo in another development in the trend of technology taking a more prominent role in the municipal market.

“We’re proud to align with Ipreo by IHS Markit to enhance transparency between issuers and investors in the municipal bond market,” said Colin MacNaught, BondLink CEO and co-founder.

“Ipreo by IHS Markit is an incredible technology leader and plays a central role in the new-issuance process. Working together, we can make critical issuer data more easily accessible to institutional investors in real time as they evaluate new bond deals.”

The alliance will enable institutional bond investors to access BondLink’s issuer credit data using technology from Ipreo by IHS Markit, the companies said.

“Our product suite drives efficiencies for banks and bond investors during the new issuance process. We’re excited to collaborate with BondLink to make issuer data more accessible for investors,” said Will MacPherson, managing director at Ipreo by IHS Markit.

This is BondLink's second such collaboration. In March, Fidelity and BondLink announced a similar partnership to provide more issuer information to retail investors buying bonds on Fidelity.com.

The focus will be to use the Ipreo platform to review new-issue sales, both competitive and negotiated deals, having direct access to data and documents for issuers who partner with BondLink for their investor outreach. MacNaught said this will be an exclusive feature for BondLink clients only.

The focus is on issuers and institutional investors who partner with BondLink, but the true goal is to allow issuers to be more transparent in a very crowded bond market.

“The adoption of technology in the muni market is really accelerating — finally,” MacNaught said.

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