Encoding and decoding global markets

CUSIP identifiers are the universally accepted standard for classifying financial instruments across institutions and exchanges worldwide.

Assigned by CUSIP Global Services (CGS), CUSIP® identifiers cover a wide range of global financial instruments, including extensive equity and debt issues, derivatives, syndicated loans, hedge funds, and listed options for the US and Canada.

CUSIP-based identifiers are crucial to the accurate and efficient clearance and settlement of securities, as well as processing associated with income payments made during the lifecycle of an issue. Learn more about the history of the CUSIP system and how it has evolved with the market's needs.

About CGS

An identifier for every market

CUSIP

CGS provides a 9-character standard CUSIP identifier for issuers and their financial instruments offered in the U.S. and Canada

An identifier for every market

CINS

CGS provides a 9-character standard CGS CINS identifier for more than 30 non-North American issuers and their financial instruments

An identifier for every market

ISIN

CGS is responsible for the assignment of ISINs in the U.S. and other areas where designated

An identifier for every market

LEI

The CABRE identifier is a 10-character code that provides a universal identification system for global business entities

An identifier for every market

CUSIP

CGS provides a 9-character standard CUSIP identifier for issuers and their financial instruments offered in the U.S. and Canada

An identifier for every market

CINS

CGS provides a 9-character standard CGS CINS identifier for more than 30 non-North American issuers and their financial instruments

An identifier for every market

ISIN

CGS is responsible for the assignment of ISINs in the U.S. and other areas where designated

An identifier for every market

LEI

The CABRE identifier is a 10-character code that provides a universal identification system for global business entities


Global coverage.
Local expertise.

From the assignment of identifiers for new issues to their use in trading, settlement, asset servicing and risk management, clients rely on trusted CUSIP identifiers and the knowledge and experience of the CGS team to provide a solid foundation to run their businesses smoothly.

Brain Network

Our knowledge is
your power

More than just identifiers, CGS commercial databases contain up to 60 different data elements relating to over 26 million financial instruments, plus event- driven corporate actions such as name changes, mergers, acquisitions and reverse splits. Our extensive coverage includes corporate, government, municipal, and international securities; IPOs; preferred stock; funds; CDs; derivatives; US and Canadian listed options and syndicated loans, with new financial instruments and geographic regions continually added.


60

Different data
elements

26

Million Financial
Instruments

Markets everywhere
run on CUSIP.
So can you.

Learn more about our unrivaled data management and access options, including direct web and FTP links with pipe-delimited or XML data feeds, APIs with intra-day, daily, and weekly updates, and more.

Fifty years of excellence,
education and insights

Issuance Trends

  • NEW YORK, NY
    JUNE 15, 2020

    Municipal Borrowers Prepare for New Issuance Surge as CUSIP Request Volume Climbs for Second Straight Month

  • NEW YORK, NY
    JUNE 15, 2020

    Corporate Volumes Slow Considerably in May