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Defining financial object formats

The group defines data structures for common financial objects, so that they can be shared in a standard format on Symphony and in other applications. The group is currently working on defining data formats for credit default swap reference data. The objects will be defined in EntityJSON, the data format for representing structured objects in Symphony messages using the new Message ML 2.0 format. The group has also begun discussions about creating objects to describe pricing data.

Evaluating the MessageML 2.0 draft proposal

Symphony LLC proposed a new markup format, Message ML 2.0, for Symphony messages and the structured data (e.g. securities and reference data) associated with them. This format will replace the existing MessageML format and will represent complex objects in JSON rather than XML. The group is reviewing the draft proposal and providing feedback to Symphony LLC on the draft and implementation.



Johan SanderssonFactSetSenior Product Manager
Symphony LLCVP of Product


Afsheen AfsharJPMorgan ChaseChief Data Science Officer and Managing Director, CIB
Matthew BastianS&P (CUSIP)CUSIP Director of Market/Business Development

Hamish Brookeman

S&P Global Market Intelligence


Director Data Architecture

Anjana Dasu Symphony LLCProduct Manager
Dariusz FrasikHSBCGlobal Programme Manager Sales & Commodities IT
Richard KleterDeutsche BankDirector
Nicholas KolbaOpenFinCTO
Sam KrasnikGoldman SachsVice President
Peter LeongBNY MellonDirector of Cloud Computing Engineering
David LewisBNY Mellon

CIO, CTO, SVP Cloud Transformation, Enterprise Architecture, Digital Platforms

Sidney Liu

S&P Global Market Intelligence

Senior Director Architecture
David McCulloughHSBCLead Solutions Architect
Jiten MehtaCitiTBC
Lawrence MillerSymphony LLCEVP Global Technology
Emmet MurphyCredit Suisse GM Client Architect 
Dan NathansonSymphony LLCSr. Director of Engineering
Scott PreissS&P (CUSIP)Managing Director, Global Head - CGS
Bruce SkingleSymphony LLCPrincipal Engineer
Ian StocksTradewebChief Technology Architect
Frank TarsilloMarkitHead of Architecture
James TurckCredit Suisse GM Architecture 
Dominic WilliamsHSBCFI cash E-tragin Tech Lead
Siddharth DalalChartIQProduct Manager
Peter MonksSymphony Software Foundation

Board Sponsor

Mike HarmonSymphony LLCCTO

Getting involved

If you're a member of the Symphony Software Foundation and would like to participate in this working group, please send an email to Aaron Williamson. We'll invite you to the next meeting and add you to the mailing list.


The Financial Objects Standardization Working Group is tasked to develop standard patterns of usage and representation to facilitate financial interactions involving humans through the Symphony platform.

The Working Group shall not define new standards to represent financial interactions per se, but will develop profiles and patterns of usage to facilitate the interworking between participants in different enterprises across both front and back office areas, reusing existing standards where appropriate, by allowing these rich entities to be the center of cross institution collaboration.

Group information



Permanent Fosters ongoing collaboration between stakeholders on standard patterns of usage and representation of financial objects.
VisibilityPublicCertain firm material should be shared privately.
Mailing Listwg-financial-objects@symphony.foundationArchives here (requires Foundation Login)
Meetings minutesWorking Group Meeting NotesNotes, actions and decisions of WG meetings.
Working Group DocumentsWG-Desktop Wrapper DocumentsInput and deliverables documents from this WG.

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