Financial Instrument Reference Database (FIRD)

Data describing financial instruments are often complex, incomplete, and incompatible. These weaknesses impede companies and investors in managing their risk, and regulators in overseeing firms, markets, and the financial system as a whole. The first phase of the Financial Instrument Reference Database establishes a set of granular data that are the basis for describing financial instruments. This foundational component is a data dictionary that leverages the ISO 20022 international standard for the development of financial messages. Future phases of the multiyear rollout of the Financial Instrument Reference Database will build on this foundation.

The Financial Instrument Reference Database provides the terms and definitions for five asset classes: Equity, Debt, Option, Warrant, and Future.

The Financial Instrument Reference Database simplifies access to, and understanding of, the granular financial instrument data in ISO 20022. It makes the text searchable and the relationships and properties clear. The current content forms a foundation to which the public sector and private sector can begin to align financial instrument data. The Financial Instrument Reference Database is positioned to remain current and grow with evolving industry data standards.

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Suggested Citation

Office of Financial Research, “Financial Instrument Reference Database,”, https://www.financialresearch.gov/data/financial-instrument-reference-database.