S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies Teams with Shadow Financial Systems…

S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies Teams with Shadow Financial Systems to Provide Investor Analytics for Post-Trade Processing and Clearing

Active connectors to S&P ratings, evaluated pricing, terms and conditions data and cross reference services give Shadow customers access to key data in a seamlessly-integrated architecture

NEW YORK – November 9, 2010 – S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies, an independent and analytically separate business unit within Standard & Poor’s that provides users with market intelligence and analytic insight for risk-driven investment analysis, today announced a strategic partnership to provide data and analytics to Shadow Financial Systems. The alliance provides S&P’s Global Data Solutions content suite including: ratings, evaluated pricing, terms and conditions, cross reference data and analytics directly to Shadow Financial Systems’ ShadowSuite® customers.  ShadowSuite software facilitates post-trade processing and clearing for back-office, treasury and accounting departments.

Among the broad array of S&P market data and analytics now included in ShadowSuite are the following:

• Standard & Poor’s Credit Ratings: One of the largest global credit ratings databases available, Global Data Solutions includes information on more than 9,100 global issuers; 400 sovereign and US public finance entities; 19,000 structured finance transactions; and nearly one million maturities.

• Evaluated Pricing and Pricing Histories: End-of-day pricing for global fixed income securities and historical bond valuations.

• Fixed Income Terms & Conditions: The Global Data Solutions terms & conditions data set contains real-time fixed income terms and conditions for over two million global corporate, government and agency and US municipal securities

• Cross-Reference Data: With data allowing the matching of security identifiers with the ownership hierarchy for approximately 11 million unique instruments linked to 540,000 Issuers and 315,000 legal entities.  Global Data Solutions makes it possible to spot potential counterparty and concentration risks.

“In the current environment, it is essential that post-trade treasury and accounting professionals are able to access the underlying data elements within each trade processed,” said Jonathan Reeve, Managing Director of Data Strategies and Operations, S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies.  “By providing our cross-market, cross-asset class data and analytics through Shadow Financial Systems’ platform, we are helping financial professionals to easily identify potential risks before they become a problem.”

“By continually adding new data and analytics into our offerings, Shadow Financial Systems helps firms decrease operational risk and costs while also improving processing efficiency,” said Donald Marino, CEO, Shadow Financial Systems. “Through our partnership with S&P, we are now able to incorporate industry-leading fixed income data and analytics seamlessly into the back-office workflow in a way that was never before possible.”

About S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies

S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies delivers a portfolio of products and services to investors that serve the global financial markets by providing market intelligence and analytic insight for risk driven investment analysis, including for the debt, structured finance, derivative and credit markets. S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies is analytically and editorially independent from any other analytical group at Standard & Poor’s, including Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.  The unit has no access to non- public information received by other units of Standard & Poor’s. Standard & Poor’s does not trade on its own account.

Evaluated pricing is provided by Standard & Poor’s Securities Evaluations, Inc. (SPSE), a part of S&P Valuation and Risk Strategies and a registered investment adviser with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.  SPSE provides fixed-income evaluations and analyses of certain U.S. and European fixed income securities using its proprietary Risk-to-Price scoring methodology.  SPSE is analytically and editorially independent from any other analytical group at Standard & Poor’s.

Products and services provided by SPSE may not be available in all countries or jurisdictions.

About Standard & Poor’s

Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC, a subsidiary of The McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE:MHP), is the world’s foremost provider of independent credit ratings, indices, risk evaluation, investment research and data. With offices in 23 countries and markets, Standard & Poor’s is an essential part of the world’s financial infrastructure and has played a leading role for 150 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.

About Shadow Financial Systems

Founded in 1997 by industry professionals, Shadow Financial’s technology provides comprehensive post trade processing, treasury and accounting functionality on a cost-effective platform for trading organizations. Among the Company’s clients are NYSE Arca, National Financial Services LLC, a Fidelity Investments Company, Newedge USA, MF Global, and Raymond James & Associates. More information can be accessed at www.shadowfinancial.com.

Media Contact for Standard & Poor’s:

Michael Privitera
Standard & Poor’s Communications