Foster City, Calif., April 7, 2008 - In a break out move for the alternative research market and for search-driven research, Capital IQ has partnered with FirstRain® to deliver unique web data through their market-leading platform. This represents the first time that search-driven research has been integrated into a major financial information service platform. Capital IQ is a division of Standard & Poor's. FirstRain is the leading provider of search-driven research for investment and corporate professionals.
FirstRain applies state-of-the-art search, extraction and pattern detection technology to the web to generate company models, business topics and trends critical to the institutional investor. The firm will provide Capital IQ with a continually updated data stream of qualitative web results. This will allow Capital IQ clients to quickly and efficiently discover web information that is essential to their decision-making.
Alternative research is the fastest growing segment of the financial research industry; estimated to grow to 37 percent over the next five years and reach $2.5 billion by 2010 according to Integrity Research Associates. Within this segment, the search-driven research category is the application of search technology, business models and analytics to derive highly relevant, original data from the web for professionals looking for market-moving information and trends. As a growing number of buy-side firms look to bring research in-house, search-driven research is fast becoming a "must have" tool for differentiated content.
"FirstRain enables us to provide an additional dimension of information that our clients can use to make better decisions," said Randall Winn, Executive Managing Director of Capital IQ. "Our core offering ties together very detailed business and financial information on companies worldwide with analytical tools geared for investment professionals. FirstRain complements our offering by creating an efficient way for our clients to combine fundamental analysis with qualitative assessment of market perspectives about specific companies and industries."
Institutional investors need a comprehensive view of companies and industries and new online data sources-such as blogs, sector and industry-specific web sites and premium subscription sources-play an increasingly significant role in the research process.
"The web is the new, virtually infinite database reflecting the world and people's opinions of their world. It holds immeasurable facts, trends and insights about companies, people and markets. This qualitative data is vitally important to the capital markets," said Penny Herscher, president and CEO of FirstRain. "Capital IQ has identified a key need for their customers and we are delighted that they have selected FirstRain as their web-based information partner."
Further insight and commentary about FirstRain and Capital IQ can be found on Penny Herscher's blog, Market Mine, at http://pennyherscher.blogspot.com.
FirstRain changes the rules of research by applying state-of-the art search, extraction and pattern technology to the web. As the leader in search-driven research, FirstRain products provide institutional investors and corporate executives with a powerful information advantage by uncovering information that they would not otherwise see. FirstRain is a privately held company headquartered in Foster City, Calif., with additional offices in New York, NY, and Gurgaon, India. Contact FirstRain at www.firstrain.com.
Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, provides high-impact information and workflow solutions to over 2,200 leading financial institutions, advisory firms, and corporations. Its solutions are based on the Capital IQ Platform, a unique combination of global private and public capital market data and technology that enables end-users to draw deep market insights, generate better ideas, leverage relationships, and simplify workflow. Clients can deploy the Capital IQ Platform either as a standalone solution or seamlessly integrate its components into existing business applications and portals via systems integration and data feeds. For more information, please visit Capital IQ's web site at www.capitaliq.com.
Standard & Poor's, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world's foremost provider of financial market intelligence, including independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With approximately 8,500 employees, including wholly owned affiliates, located in 23 countries, Standard & Poor's is an essential part of the world's financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for more than 140 years in providing investors with the independent benchmarks they need to feel more confident about their investment and financial decisions. For more information, visit www.standardandpoors.com.
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