Financial Instrument Global Identifier® (FIGI®)

Standard Symbology for Global Financial Securities

Financial Instrument Global Identifier (FIGI)

Financial Instrument Global Identifier® (FIGI®) is a framework that standardizes the way financial securities are¬†globally identified. Many of the systems in use today across the securities industry have been built around proprietary, closed methodologies for identifying financial securities. Hundreds of symbologies are in use, with companies often using various classification methods to name and manage financial securities and map contextual information about these securities during the trade negotiation, execution, settlement and clearing processes.

FIGI closes the gap in existing symbology systems. It offers coverage across all global asset classes, real-time availability, and flexibility for use in multiple functions. Firms are able to tie together disparate and fragmented symbologies, eliminate redundant mapping processes, streamline the trade workflow and reduce operational risk.

Supporting multiple identifier methodologies can make data management and integration more costly and redundant. The FIGI standard aims to remove this obstacle by specifying the structure and semantics of Global Identifiers, how they are constructed and validated, and their relationship with other financial information. FIGI establishes an open, universal and comprehensive system for naming financial instruments that will help institutions shift resources from redundant data management and reconciliation activities to enhancing client service and pursuing growth opportunities.

FIGI Benefits

Because of increasing complexity and rising costs, it is important to ensure that systems that are being developed can talk to each other and meet the overarching capability that they were intended to achieve. Unified Architecture Framework® (UAF®) architecture models provide a means to develop an understanding of the complex relationships that exist between organizations, systems, and systems-of-systems and enable the analysis of these systems to ensure that they meet the expectations of the user community.

  • FIGIs are applicable to all financial instruments across all asset classes in the financial sector and are invaluable for instruments lacking a standard identifier such as loans, OTC derivatives, commodities, and other assets
  • Open sourced, non-proprietary, consistent identifier available for regulatory reporting, regardless of jurisdiction
  • Users will be able to leverage the identifier for a variety of functions including mapping, facilitating settlement, trading and aggregating risk
  • Single format, regardless of asset class. ID has no inherent intelligence, and is accompanied by descriptive meta data including hierarchical structure



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