ISIN Database

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ISINs are 12 digit codes that identify securities and companies worldwide apply and obtain ISINs. Since the early 1990s, when ISINs were introduced, more than 25 million ISIN codes have been assigned to securities that range from the average private stock of a limited liability company to the thousands of share classes of various global funds. Those companies acting in the public exchange market also must have an ISIN code for listing purposes, and indeed those seeking listing or initial public offerings of their securities, which can consist of common stock to convertible bonds, require ISINs if they want to get listed.

What’s in the ISIN DATABASE?

The ISIN database contains information such as the issuer’s name, description of the securities, the country or jurisdiction of the issuer, the ISO description and more. In a more detailed version, if its required, you can also ascertain information such as the currency of the issue, the type of issue such as equity or debt, and for funds the net asset value if made available, tickers symbols, issue date, expiration of the securities, first payment, address and contact information of the company, and depending on whether the company is private or public, view their prospectus.

Search Features

One can search the ISIN database by simply putting in the ISIN code or the issuer’s name. Additionally it is possible to view a company or ISIN profile by inputting the issue description, although this may not be precise. The most common way to search ISINs is to input the ISIN code into the search feature, or the company/issuers name. For government securities it may be best to place the ISIN code in the search.

There are no CUSIP numbers or SEDOL numbers in the ISIN database. Only ISINs can be found and often ticker symbols. In terms of other identifiers like CFI codes or MIC codes, sometimes the issuer can be found by these codes, or if you just use the ISIN number for searching you may very well find the CFI or MIC code inside the issuer’s profile. There are no guarantees that the ISIN database is accurate in any way and one must do much more than a cursory search to verify that the ISIN is in fact correct and active.

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