Markit Enhances iPad App With Research From Nomura

Single sign-on app provides access to multiple research providers

Markit, a global financial information services firm, announced on Tuesday that it has added global fixed income research from Nomura in the latest version of its iPad app.

The Markit Hub iPad app is an extension of the company’s Web-based research platform, Markit Hub. The Web platform was first launched in 2002 under the name Bond Hub, by a consortium of investment banks, Heidi Johnson, managing director of Markit Hub told AdvisorOne.

“It was primarily focused when it was founded as a way to access fixed income research, but in the past year we’ve increased access to a combination of asset classes, including equities,” Johnson said.

The iPad app was launched in April 2011 and allows users to access research, commentary, news, data and analytics from Nomura, among other providers like Roubini and Dow Jones.

“In the past 12 months, we’ve doubled the number of providers in G14 global investment banks and we’re moving into a much wider range, adding the next tier of banks and private research providers,” Johnson noted.

“The way the app operates is by merging profiles and entitlements across a range of access points. We present one app with research users are entitled to,” Johnson said. Instead of having to sign in with each research provider, users can access data from all of their providers through one access point.

“We’ve had strong support from providers and users. iTunes feedback has been positive so far.” The app is available for free on iTunes.

Johnson noted that an HTML5-based offering that will make the app “device agnostic” is in the works and expected to launch before the end of the year.

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