SIFMA Provides Price Data on Agency Bonds
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) said today it now carries price data for about 25,000 federal agency bonds on its Investing in Bonds Web site. The new data is available via a feed from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) following an expansion of its Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine (TRACE) to include debt issued by federal government agencies, government corporation and government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs). Investing in Bonds, a partnership between SIFMA members, SIFMA and the SIFMA Foundation, provides real-time bond price information and a variety of market data, news, commentary and educational content on how the US bond markets work. “The addition of government agency prices enriches the content already available on the site, making it an even better resource and a more effective way to promote transparency in the bond markets,” said SIFMA managing director and associate general counsel Rob Toomey. Agency bonds are issued by either GSEs or federal government agencies that issue or guarantee these bonds. The proceeds from such bonds are used to finance public-focused activities, like increasing home ownership or providing agricultural assistance, SIFMA said. Write to Diana Golobay.