SAN DIEGO - Ford Investor Services Inc., announced a new Windows-compatible version of its Equity Portfolio Investment Computing software.
EPIC allows the user to screen, rank and sort stocks, perform sector and industry analyses and build portfolios. The Windows version of EPIC makes it easier to research a broad universe of common stocks using fundamental ratios or Ford's proprietary models, according to officials with Ford Investor Services.
Ford plans to increase the coverage of companies to 3,360 from 2,680. It also is working on new models and adding variables.
For further information contact Tim Alward at (800) 842-0207.
LOS ANGELES - Capital Management Sciences Inc., Los Angeles, is preparing for its series of spring fixed-income workshops.
Workshops will be held April 16 in Santa Monica, Calif.; May 7 in Chicago; and May 9 in New York.
For further information, contact Lorraine DiBacco at CMS at (310) 479-9715.
BERKELEY, Calif. - BARRA Inc. announced the release of Cosmos System, an interactive, Windows-based system that allows global money managers to perform fixed-income analysis.
Cosmos offers investors a tool for integrated portfolio analysis across asset classes and currencies. It has advanced econometric techniques for modeling currency and local market risk.
With coverage for derivatives and global indexes included, Cosmos provides a unified framework for analyzing different asset classes.
Cosmos estimates daily term structures of interest rates in 21 markets based on data feeds from Salomon Brothers Inc. and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., and it covers more than 26 currencies. The Cosmos multifactor risk model accurately quantifies currency and local market risk, further breaking down local market risk into different types of yield curve risk.
Also in Cosmos is a comprehensive database of government or sovereign bonds, Eurobonds, foreign bonds, supranationals, derivatives, bond futures and options on bond futures. Data refreshed daily includes bond prices, bond descriptions, term structures, exchange rates and risk factors.
All major global bond indexes provided by Salomon and J.P. Morgan as well as custom benchmarks can be analyzed on an hedged or unhedged basis.
Cosmos also has the ability to identify intentional and incidental yield curve, currency and spread bets; perform currency hedging, bond swap analysis, and what-if analyses; and create customized screens for flexible analysis and reporting needs.
For more information, contact Daniel Beck at BARRA at (510) 548-5442.
CHICAGO - Shane A. Chalke, president of the CHALKE Division of Securities Software & Consulting Inc., will chair a seminar on effective asset liability management through transfer pricing.
The seminar will be part of the Fixed Annuity Management: Balancing Investment and Product Strategies conference April 9 at the O'Hare Hilton Conference Center, Chicago.
Mr. Chalke will discuss bank vs. insurance organizational models; difficulties with profit attribution; and risk management as a profit center.
SS&C is based in Bloomfield, Conn. For more information, contact Peg Berry at SS&C at (860) 769-4020.
SAN DIEGO - A new Windows version of the fixed-income database Bond Express Inc., San Diego, has been released.
The new version has multiple open-window capability, improved displays and an easier price/yield calculator, according to Jack Simkin, president of Bond Express.
Other features permit bond traders and sale representatives to electronically search a large database of fixed-income offerings. Dealers post more than 10,000 fixed-income issues daily to the Bond Express platform.
Bond Express permits multiple queries. All taxable bonds can be automatically priced at a Treasury spread, and bonds can be spread to Treasuries in Bond Express for Windows in 12 ways.
For more information, contact Jim Dillahunty at Bond Express at (619) 578-7300.