Reference DataMaps

Markit Reference Data provides a mapping service to link a unique entity to its related loans, equity, bonds and CDS using identifiers such as RED codes, LXID, ISIN and other third-party IDs.


  • Hedge funds
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  • Banks
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  • Interdealer brokers


  • 950kbonds
  • 50kloans

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Product Summary

Issuer exposure analysis across multi-asset classes has become an essential requirement within the financial industry. Transparent instrument and third-party data that can be mapped to a common entity identifier is a key aspect of this requirement.

Markit Reference Data links asset classes and identifiers while breaking down data silos that have been created over time. A unique entity, identified by a Markit ticker or RED code, is linked to common IDs and reference data for its loans, equity, bonds and CDS. Markit Reference Data will also fully support the Legal Entity Identifier (LEI) as it is rolled out to the industry.

    Mapping Coverage

    • Bond data
    • Loan data
    • Equity data
    • CDS data
    • Credit index data
    • Legal Entity Identifier data
    • S&P Issuer Ratings data
    • Moodys Issuer Ratings data
    • Fitch Issuer Ratings data
    • Bloomberg Entity data

    Key Benefits

    • Global maintenance

      Instrument reference data mapped to entities on a daily basis, with new issues actively tracked and added

    • Integration with Markit sectors

      Core entity data incorporating Markit sectors classification, which provides five tiers of granular sector data covering corporate, government and structured finance entities

    • Third-party identifiers

      Supports links to industry identifiers, such as ISINs, Bloomberg IDs and mappings to ratings data from S&P, Moody’s and Fitch

    • Distribution

      Delivery in multiple file formats on a daily basis, including FTP support