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Markit Group Limited
Type Private
Industry Financial services
Founded 2003
Headquarters London, United Kingdom
Number of locations 20 offices
Area served Worldwide
Key people Lance Uggla, CEO
Products Financial information
Financial processing
Financial services
Financial solutions
Market data vendor
Revenue Increase US$ 1.00 billion (Approx)
Employees 3,200 (October 2013)
Subsidiaries MarkitServ

Markit Group Limited is a global, financial information and services company with over 3,000 employees.[1] Markit was founded in 2003 as the first independent source of credit derivative pricing.[2] Markit claimed that with its unique and "privileged relationships with 16 shareholder banks" giving them "unparalleled access to a valuable dataset spanning credit, equities, and the broader OTC derivative universe," their "data, valuations, and trade processing services became the "market standard in the global financial markets" helping market participants "reduce risk and improve operational efficiency".[2] The company provides independent data, trade processing of derivatives, foreign exchange and loans, customised technology platforms and managed services. The company aims to enhance transparency, reduce financial risk and improve operational efficiency. Its client base includes institutional participants in the financial marketplace.[1]


Markit was founded in 2003 by Canadian Lance Uggla[3] as Mark-it Partners to provide daily credit default swap (CDS) pricing.[4] On 17 January 2006, CDS Indexco and Markit launched ABX.HE, a subprime mortgage backed credit derivative index, with planned to extend the index to underlying asset types other than home equity loans.[5] In a marketing presentation(2006 Wiley) CDS IndexCo was described as the owner of the DJ CDX family of credit default swap (CDS) indices formed from a merger of the major CDS indices (iBoxx and Trac-X) in April 2004. It introduced a "second generation product such as index tranches and index options."(Wiley 2006)[6] They launched the Home Equity (ABX.HE) ABX on 19 January 2006. Others, such as Credit Cards (ABX.CC), Student Loans (ABX.SL), Auto Loans (ABX.AU) were to be announced in the future. Advertised daily prices were availability on the Markit website. The purpose of the indices is to allow investors to trade exposures to the subprime market without holding the actual asset backed securities. The ABX.HE Index was created from "qualifying deals of 20 of the largest sub-prime home equity ABS shelf programs from the six month period preceding the roll."(Wiley & 2006 11) The market makers of ABX.HE were listed JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, RBS Greenwich, UBS and Wachovia.(Wiley & 2006 13)

In January 2006 Markit launched the first asset-backed securities index, ABX.HE.[7]

Markit's credit derivative data sales rose during the subprime mortgage crisis in 2007.[8] Stephen Waugh, a vice president at Deutsche Bank, announced the launch of Markit's first tranched "long-awaited" and "highly anticipated" Loan credit default swap index ( LCDX). Citigroup claimed it had been quoted on the market since the summer 2007.(Stein 2007)[9]

The Loan credit default swap index (LCDX) is a loan-only credit default swap index created by CDS Index Company (CDSIndexCo).[10] Forbes journalist described the creation of the index as just-in-time financial engineering. The LCDX provided protection for banks and hedge fund clients from the overly leveraged loan market.(2007 Lenzer)[10]

Sixteen major financial institutions, JPMorgan, Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Barclays Capital, Bank of America, BNP Paribas, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Lehman Brothers, Merrill Lynch, RBS Greenwich, UBS and Wachovia,[10] owned the private company called the CDS Index Company (CDS IndexCo), that developed the ABX index on 17 January 2006. Markit Group Limited marketed the ABX index and by 2007 had acquired (CDS IndexCo). On 17 The ABX index was a credit default swap of asset-backed mortgages of 30 of the most liquid mortgage-backed bonds. Hedge funds began shorting that ABX index in early 2006 at par. The Deutsche Bank, alone, reportedly made $250 million.(2007 Lenzer)[10]

In September 2009 Markit and Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) launched MarkitSERV, a joint venture to provide over-the-counter (OTC) derivative trade processing.[11]

Atlanta-based IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE), a derivatives exchange and clearing house operator, announced four credit index futures contracts, based on the Markit CDX and Markit iTraxx indices—Markit CDX NA IG, Markit CDX NA HY, Markit iTraxx Europe (Main), and Markit iTraxx Crossover, would start in May 2013. The contracts were subject to review by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.[12]

Company performance[edit]

By 2009 Markit had "1,000 institutions as clients - including investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, rating agencies, and insurance companies."[2] by 2013 Markit serves 3,000 institutions across the financial markets which include investment banks, hedge funds, asset managers, central banks, regulators, auditors, fund administrators and insurance companies.[13] In 2012, the company had annual revenues of USD860 million, with 3000 employees. In 2012, Markit had a $5 billion valuation[14][15]

Management and Employees[edit]

ShareHolder  % Share[16]
RBS 3.4
Goldman Sachs 5.3
JP Morgan 7.9
Bank of America 8
Temasek 10
General Atlantic 11
Employees 20

Lance Uggla is founder Chief executive officer of Markit Group. Kevin Gould is president of Markit and a co-founder of the company. Jeff Gooch is appointed chief financial officer of Markit in September 2013. [Chip Carver is a managing director and chief operating officer at Markit. Brad Levy is managing director, chief executive officer of MarkitSERV the widely used trade processing service.

Sid Banerjee[17] joined as Managing Director and Head of Markit India office. Current India workforce is close to 600.[18] Company had 150 employees in 2003 and now it has around 3200 employees across the Globe.

Different Banks holds 51% of share holdings, 20% of share hold by Markit employees and executives and General Atlantic is biggest independent share holder with 11% of share[16] Temasek Holdings bought 10% of share and valued company around 5 bn.[19]


Markit is headquartered in London. Other Markit offices include New York, Dallas, Boulder, Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto, Amsterdam, Frankfurt/Main, Luxembourg, Tokyo, Singapore, Delhi and Sydney.[1][2][20][21]

North America South America Asia Europe Australia Africa




LoanX, Inc., a US provider of syndicated loan data, was acquired by Markit in December 2003.[22]

Totem Valuations, a supplier of consensus valuations and month-end data, was bought by Markit in May 2004[23]

Communicator Inc, White Plains, New York based financial information technology company, was acquired by Markit in May 2006 .[24]

Chasen Enterprises, provider of structured securities modelling was acquired by Markit in August 2006.[25]

MarketXS, Amsterdam based financial data distribution and trading services provider was bought by Markit in September 2006[26]

The International Index Company (IIC) and CDS Index Company (CDSIndexCo), owners of the iTraxx and CDX credit default swap indexes, were acquired by Markit in November 2007[27]

SwapsWire's acquisition by Markit announced In December 2007.,[28] which was completed in May 2008.[29]

The BOAT, Markets in Financial Instruments Directive-compliant trade reporting platform acquired by Markit from a consortium of nine investment banks In January 2008. The BOAT was owned by consortium of nine investment banksABN Amro, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS who had launched the system in September 2006.(Finextra 2008)[30] The Boat platform was established by these nine banks "for the collection and sale of trading data following the introduction of EU's Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID) in November 2007.

NTC Economics, a provider of global macro-economic indicators and owner of the widely-referenced Purchasing Managers Index (PMI) series.,[31] bought by Markit in April 2008.

JPMorgan Chase's FCS Corporation, a provider of syndicated loan market portfolio and risk management software and services, including the Wall Street Office family of products, was acquired by Markit in July 2008.[32][33]

Fidelity Information Services's ClearPar, an electronic loan-trade-processing platform, was acquired by Markit in October 2009 which helped Markit to work with DTCC to improve the processing of syndicated loans.[34]

Wall Street on Demand (WSOD), Boulder, Colorado based company, which provides financial data visualization services acquired by Markit in June 2010.[35][36]

QuIC Financial Technologies, Inc (QuIC)., risk analytics firm, was acquired by Markit in January 2011. QuIC provides financial organisations with risk analytics services to test market and credit risk tolerance in financial portfolios and simulate risk at the enterprise level.[37]

Data Explorers, a provider of securities lending data bought by Markit in April 2012.[38]

Cadis, an enterprise data management specialist, was acquired by Markit in May 2012.[39]

Products and services[edit]

  • Markit Portfolio Valuations
  • Markit Analytics
  • Markit BOAT
  • Markit Bonds
  • Markit CDS Pricing
  • Markit Connex
  • Markit Desktop
  • Markit Distribution Platform
  • Markit Dividend Forecasting
  • Markit Counterparty Manager (formerly known as Markit Document Exchange)
  • Markit Enhanced Feed
  • Markit Environmental Registry
  • Markit Hub
  • Markit iBoxx Indices
  • Markit Index Management
  • Markit Loans
  • Markit MSA
  • Markit Parsing
  • Markit PBWire
  • Markit PortRec
  • Markit RED
  • Markit Solutions
  • Markit Tie-Outs
  • Markit TOTEM
  • Markit Trade Manager
  • Markit Trade Processing
  • Markit Wire
  • Markit Structured Finance
  • Markit WSO
  • Markit Valuations Manager
  • Markit Research Manager
  • Markit Securities Finance
  • Markit Equities


See also[edit]


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  37. ^ "Markit Acquires Risk Analytics Firm". Markit. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  38. ^ "Markit Acquires Securities Lending Analytics Specialist Data Explorers". Markit. 2012-04-02. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  39. ^ "Markit to Acquire Enterprise Data Management Specialist Cadis". Markit. 2012-05-09. Retrieved 2012-05-09. 
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