GREENWICH, Conn. & CHICAGO, Feb 12, 2003 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- FactSet Research Systems Inc. (NYSE:FDS), a major supplier of online research and analysis to the global investment community, and Ibbotson Associates (http://www.ibbotson.com), a leading provider of asset allocation and investment knowledge tools, today announced a partnership to link Ibbotson's Portfolio Strategist financial planning software to WealthScope, FactSet's new web-based wealth management application.
The WealthScope application offers financial advisors, registered representatives, and private bankers in-depth portfolio analysis and key insight into their investment review process. Unlike other share ownership data providers, WealthScope provides more than just static views of data. Through a broad set of interactive reports, users can make full use of WealthScope's sophisticated database to sort, analyze, and interpret the information. Company-specific ownership data is also easily accessible.
"The link between Ibbotson and FactSet creates a best-of-breed product -- one that is rich with data and highly flexible for the knowledgeable investment professional," said Tom Bruno, FactSet's Vice President of Wealth Management Services.
Ibbotson Portfolio Strategist users will be able to easily access mutual fund holdings information on all funds in the Ibbotson database through FactSet's WealthScope application. Specifically, users will be able to check for common equity positions across fund holdings and then combine these positions with directly held equities to evaluate hidden sector, geographic, style, or capitalization class exposures.
"For more than two decades, FactSet has been a leading provider of global financial and economic information to companies worldwide and we are very excited to bring this resource to our software clients," said Mark Kowalczyk, Ibbotson's Managing Director of Sales and Marketing.
About Ibbotson Associates
Founded by Professor Roger Ibbotson in 1977, Ibbotson Associates is a leading authority on asset allocation, providing products and services to help financial professionals obtain, manage, and retain assets. The company's business lines include investment consulting and research, planning and analysis software, wealth forecasting, educational services, and a widely used line of NASD-reviewed presentation materials. With offices in Chicago, New York, and Tokyo, Ibbotson Associates provides integrated investment knowledge, leading-edge technology, multi-conceptual education, and a variety of sales presentation solutions. Ibbotson markets its integrated product line of investment analytical tools and services to institutional money managers, plan sponsors, and consultants for quantitative analysis, high level decision making, and presentations. The company's clients also include financial planners, brokers, mutual fund firms, private bankers, and small money managers.
FactSet Research Systems Inc. is a leading provider of global financial and economic information, including fundamental data on tens of thousands of companies worldwide. Combining more than 200 databases into its own dedicated online service, the Company also provides the tools to download, combine, and manipulate the data for investment analysis. The Company, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut, was formed in 1978 and now conducts operations from seventeen locations worldwide including Boston, New York, Chicago, San Mateo, London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Sydney, and Frankfurt.
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Product Contact: Tom Bruno, 203/863-1509
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