Groups propose a new investment roadmap

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – FIX Protocol Ltd. (FPL), Financial Products Markup Language (FpML),
International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication (ISITC), Society for
Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting
Language) US and Financial Information Services Division of SIIA (FISD), today published their
updated Investment Roadmap. The roadmap’s purpose is to provide market participants consistent
direction when using financial services messaging standards by visually mapping the protocols to their
appropriate business processes across asset classes.

The Investment Roadmap, initially introduced in 2008, lays the groundwork for moving towards one
common business model, ISO 20022, while allowing the respective standards organizations to
continue maintaining their existing protocols – FIX, ISO, FpML and XBRL (the newest addition). The
Investment Roadmap presentation and related FAQ are now publicly available for download from the
ISO 20022 website.

Commenting on this initiative, Gary Probert, Managing Director, Citi Securities and Fund Services, and
Chair of ISITC, stated, “The Investment Roadmap is reflective of how, through the collaboration of
industry associations, we are able to provide guidelines that can help bring best practices to the
industry as a whole. ISITC members and the broader industry will benefit from the ISO 20022
developments outlined in the Roadmap which we are confident will improve STP across securities
market processes.”

Through collaboration and by leveraging the expertise of each of the standards organizations in their
respective asset classes and business process areas, the group looks to improve interoperability, save
costs of maintaining multiple syntaxes within the same area of the transaction lifecycle, provide
stability, and decrease risk for the international financial services community. In addition to providing
the industry with a view of the ways in which existing messaging standards are currently utilized, the
Investment Roadmap defines an agreed path for future initiatives by identifying gaps as well as areas
of overlap.

Gerard Hartsink, Senior Executive Vice President, ABN Amro, and Convenor of the ISO 20022
Registration Management Group (RMG), commented “The Investment Roadmap is an important step
in the harmonization of the Securities industry using the ISO 20022 business model and domain
specific syntaxes. It is an idea that can be leveraged by other business areas to support their plans for
ISO 20022 interoperability and adoption.”

The organizations will continue to meet on a regular basis to ensure the Investment Roadmap
continues to accurately depict the current environment as well as future standards development.

About FISD
The Financial Information Services Division (FISD) of the Software and Information Industry
Association (SIIA) is a global neutral forum that has been serving the financial information industry for
more than 20 years. FISD is comprised of 140 member companies that recognize that market data
distribution and efficient trade execution require a high level of consistent and predictable service - all
of which are dependent on the close cooperation of many independent organizations and systems,
which is why industry stakeholders support FISD as the forum of choice to identify and resolve the
business and technical issues that affect the administration, distribution and utilization of market data.
For more information, see

About FPL
FIX Protocol Limited (FPL) is the not-for-profit industry association that owns, develops and promotes
the FIX Protocol messaging standard. Nearly 250 firms from across the global buy-side, sell-side,
exchange/ECN/ATS/MTF, regulatory, association and service provider communities are members of
FPL. The Financial Information eXchange ("FIX") Protocol is the de-facto messaging standard for pretrade and trade communication globally. Having achieved significant levels of adoption within the
Equity markets, it is now experiencing horizontal expansion across the Derivatives, Foreign Exchange
and Fixed Income markets. Further to this, it has expanded vertically into the post trade space,
supporting Straight-Through-Processing (STP) from Indication-of-Interest (IOI) to Allocations,
Confirmations, and Regulatory and other reporting. For more information, see

About FpML
FpML (Financial products Markup Language) is the freely licensed business information exchange
standard for electronic dealing and processing of privately negotiated derivatives and structured
products. It establishes the industry protocol for sharing information on, and dealing in, financial
derivatives and structured products over the Internet. It is based on XML (Extensible Markup
Language), the standard meta-language for describing data shared between applications. The
standard is developed under the auspices of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association
(ISDA), using the ISDA derivatives documentation as the basis. For more information, please visit

ISITC (International Securities Association for Institutional Trade Communication) is a non-profit
industry group in which securities market participants (broker/dealers, investment fund managers,
banks, market infrastructures and vendors) collaborate to develop common approaches for
communication to process financial transactions (for example, buying and selling securities.) This
collaboration includes defining how the adoption and use of industry-wide standards and consistent
data can facilitate this communication. For more information, please visit

SWIFT is a member-owned cooperative that provides the communications platform, products and
services to connect more than 9,500 banking organisations, securities institutions and corporate
customers in 209 countries. SWIFT enables its users to exchange automated, standardised financial
information securely and reliably, thereby lowering costs, reducing operational risk and eliminating
operational inefficiencies. SWIFT also brings the financial community together to work collaboratively
to shape market practice, define standards and debate issues of mutual interest.

XBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XML business reporting standards in the U.S. and it
represents the business information supply chain. Its mission is to support the implementation of XML
business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by U.S. public and
private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption
through marketplace collaboration. XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP, credit rating
and mutual fund reporting under contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. XBRL
US Labs, the research and development arm of XBRL US, leverages the XBRL US platform,
methodologies and people to address the quality of taxonomies and the harmonization of XBRL with
other XML standards. For more information, go to

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