License Fees

CGS License Fees for access to and usage of CGS’s commercial products or services (and the CGS Data contained therein) apply to both direct and indirect end user customers. A direct end user customer refers to an end user customer that receives access to a particular CGS product or service directly from CGS, while an indirect end user customer refers to an end user customer that receives the benefit of CGS Data through CGS’s Authorized Data Vendors. The term “Authorized Data Vendor” refers to an entity who has entered into a valid license agreement with CGS that allows such Authorized Data Vendor to provide the benefit of the CGS Data to its own customers.
License Fees

CGS License for
End User Customers

An end user customer generally refers to a recipient of data originating from CUSIP Global Services’ ("CGS") databases, products or services ("CGS Data") who receives the benefit of CGS Data for usage within its internal operations or to support its internal business processes. Internal operations and internal business processes do not include further onward distribution of CGS Data to third parties or commercialization of CGS Data. CGS Data includes CUSIP, CINS, CGS ISIN identifiers, and any other identifiers issued by CGS (collectively referred to as "CGS Identifiers"), plus additional information about financial instruments originating from CGS’s databases.

Authorized Data Vendors supply services to indirect end user customers and typically fall within the following two categories: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office "software as a service" solutions).

CUSIP Use of Service Statement
for End User Customers

The first step in the CGS licensing process for end user customers is to complete and return a CUSIP Use of Service Statement (“UOSS”). The UOSS allows CGS to understand how a potential end user customer plans on accessing, using, storing, processing or otherwise benefitting from the CGS Data. The UOSS enables CGS to continue its longstanding practice of treating beneficiaries of CGS Data fairly and on a level playing field to maintain parity. By fully and accurately completing the UOSS, the end user customer ensures that its license fees are calculated based on the benefit it receives from the CGS Data and that such fees are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

CGS Identifiers

CGS Identifiers include CUSIPs, CGS ISINs, CGS CINS and any other identifier issued by CGS. All CGS ISINs are embedded with either a CUSIP Identifier or a CINS Identifier. When a database contains both a CGS ISIN, and its embedded CUSIP or CINS separately, they shall be collectively counted as one unique CGS Identifier.

Below are definitions for each CGS Identifier. When it comes to identifying CGS ISINs, please use the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Prefixes provided below to properly identify CGS ISINs.

(i) CUSIP (Committee on Uniform Security Identification Procedures) Identifier: a 9-character alphanumeric identifier assigned for issuers and their financial instruments offered in the U.S. and Canada.

(ii) CINS (CUSIP International Number System) Identifier: a 9-character alphanumeric identifier that uses the same 9-character format as CUSIP identifiers and is the local identifier of more than 30 non-North American markets.

(iii) CGS ISIN (International Securities Identification Number) Identifier: a 12-character global identifier assigned by CGS in its role as National Numbering Agency for the United States and substitute National Numbering Agency for selected countries. The ISO Prefixes for CGS ISINs are as follows: US, CA, KY, BM, VI, VG, UM, TT, SR, GS, SX, VC, MF, LC, KN, BL, PR, PH, PW, MP, FM, YT, MH, HT, GY, GU, GD, DM, CW, BQ, BZ, BS, AW, AG, AI, AS, AN. The ISIN is the recognized global standard for unique identification of financial instruments under ISO 6166. For more information on the global standard, please visit https://www.anna-web.org/standards/isin-iso-6166/

CGS License Structure for End User Customers

End User

The CGS License Fees applicable to end user customers who receive the benefits of CGS Data are based primarily on three (3) criteria: 1) the number of unique CGS Identifiers accessed, stored, maintained, processed or otherwise used by or for the benefit of an end user customer (all such types of usage, whether individually or in any combination thereof, shall be collectively referred to as "Used", "Used by" or "Usage of", or a similar variation thereof); 2) the number of Business Lines with Usage of CGS Data; and 3) the number of Regions with Usage of CGS Data. CGS Data includes CUSIP, CINS, CGS ISIN Identifiers, and any other identifiers issued by CGS (collectively referred to as “CGS Identifiers”), plus additional information about financial instruments originating from CGS's databases.

Determining the Count of Unique CGS Identifiers

The count of CGS Identifiers should include all unique CGS Identifiers that an end user customer ultimately receives the benefit of in order to support or operate any part of its internal business processes or operations, regardless of where such CGS Identifiers are Used. This count applies whether: (i) the CGS Data received by an end user customer is Used directly by the end user customer, or (ii) the end user customer receives the benefit of CGS Data being Used as part of some type of outsourced or managed solution.

Examples

  1. 1.

    Use of CGS Data in selecting securities of interest. An end user customer may Use 5,000 CGS Identifiers, which reflects only those securities in which it holds, or at one time held a position. However, if an end user customer’s own internal business processes entails Usage of 30,000 CGS Identifiers to perform its business processes (e.g. quantitative/qualitative/systematic research, trade processing, programmatic trading, performance measurement, attribution analysis, benchmarking, risk analysis, portfolio analytics, reconciliation, quantitative analysis, etc.), to select those 5,000 CGS Identifiers, it is the universe of 30,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

    Conversely, if an end user customer receives a data feed or similar bulk distribution that includes 30,000 CGS Identifiers, but the Use is limited to only 5,000 CGS Identifiers in which it holds, or at one time held a position, then it’s the 5,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

  2. 2.

    Use of CGS Data in accounting systems. An end user customer may Use 10,000 CGS Identifiers in its accounting system, which reflects those securities in which it holds, or at one time held a position. However, if an end user customer needs access to the accounting system for securities transactions greater than 12 months old in order to fulfil statutory audit requirements, regulatory compliance purposes, or is required by law, then the count may be limited to 12 months of securities transaction history (including any long-term holdings).

    Conversely, if an end user customer needs to Use 20,000 CGS Identifiers in order to perform its own internal business processes, in order to select 10,000 securities in which it holds, or has held a position; it is the universe of 20,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

  3. 3.

    Use of CGS Data in an outsourced or managed solution. An end user customer may receive the benefit of CGS Data through the outsourcing of its internal business operations or processes to an Authorized Data Vendor (e.g., trade processing, portfolio accounting, portfolio analytics, trust and fund accounting, fund administration, reconciliation, performance measurement, risk analytics, regulatory reporting, etc.). The internal business processes of the end user customer are effectively being performed by the Authorized Data Vendor, who as part of its service, is otherwise performing and/or supporting the internal business operations or processes on behalf of and for the benefit of the end user customer. In these circumstances, the end user customer is the direct beneficiary of the CGS Data and therefore the Usage of the CGS Data is attributable to that end user customer. Please refer to Examples 1 and 2 for guidance as to how to count the number of CGS Identifiers.

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Establishing the Base Fee

To establish the Base Fee, CGS looks at the largest operating unit of the end user customer (i.e., the first Business Line and Region).

  • If there is a second Business Line or Region, the additional fee will be equal to 50% of the Base Fee for a Business Line and/or Region.
  • If there is a third or fourth Business Line or Region, the additional fee will be an additional 25% of the Base Fee for each Business Lines and/or Region.
  • Combinations of Business Lines and/or Regions may result in further modifications to the Base Fee.

See the Fee Calculator for more information

Authorized Data Vendors

Please contact a CGS Representative for information regarding the fees and terms applicable to Authorized Data Vendors.

See the Fee Calculator for more information

Additional Notes Relating to CGS License Fees

  • End User customers who subscribe to a CGS License may receive direct access to complimentary products or services from CGS.
  • CGS License Fees are not charged to an end user customer who Uses fewer than 500 unique CGS Identifiers.
  • Once an end user customer enters into a CGS License, that end user customer is entitled to Use CGS Data via any Authorized Data Vendor without the need to subscribe to additional CGS Licenses or pay additional license fees. In addition, CGS may provide direct products and services to end user customers on a complimentary basis who have subscribed to a CGS License.
  • End User customers who obtain read- or display-only access to CGS Data by virtue of an Authorized Data Vendor’s online screen display, either through a terminal or website without download or other similar capability do not have to enter into a CGS License or pay any license fees to CGS if they do not export or download CGS Data into other applications, systems or operational processes. However, this does not apply to end user customers who benefit from the display of CGS Data through an outsourced or managed solution which is offered by an Authorized Data Vendor. End User customers who subscribe to an outsourced or managed solution are required to obtain a CGS License and pay the applicable fees for their Use of CGS Data contained within the outsourced or managed solution.
  • Final determination of fees is at the judgment of CGS and consideration will be given to aspects of a customer’s profile including, but not limited to:
    • Academic research and teaching
    • Assets Under Management (AUM) for asset managers
    • US end user customers operating in a single state or sub-region of the United States (e.g., the Midwest)
    • Additional considerations may be given to Regions with minimal Usage at the sole discretion of CGS
    • Government/Regulator
    • Other equitable factors in the judgment of CGS

CGS Licensing Policies FAQs

What is CGS’s basic licensing structure?

Like other traditional suppliers of financial information, CGS distributes information from its various proprietary commercial database products and services directly to end user customers, and indirectly through Authorized Data Vendors. While many of CGS's end user customers elect to receive access to CGS's Data directly from CGS via specific CGS products or services, other end user customers elect to receive the benefits of CGS Data through one or more Authorized Data Vendors. Both methods of distribution provide a high degree of functionality, accuracy and convenience to end user customers, and allow end user customers to choose their preferred method of delivery or access to CGS Data.

CGS recognizes that many end user customers outsource certain key business operations and processes that utilize or rely upon CGS Data as an important feature of those operations and processes. Some of CGS’s end user customers, such as asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial institutions, are now using outsourced or managed solutions provided by Authorized Data Vendors to fulfill and/or support some of their most basic internal business operations and processes. Examples of outsourced or managed solutions can be found on the Authorized Data Vendor Distribution page. These Authorized Data Vendors would not be able to perform their outsourcing functions on behalf of their end user customers, without the robust and reliable data originating from CGS’s commercial databases.

End User customers who wish to subscribe to specific CGS products and services will pay the License Fees applicable to such CGS product and service. End User customers who do not subscribe to specific CGS products or services will pay the License Fees as described in the License Structure.

A license agreement with CGS is required under the following circumstances:

A CGS License is required when: (a) an end user customer subscribes to a particular CGS product or service, and/or (b) an end user customer obtains the benefit of CGS Data indirectly through one of CGS's Authorized Data Vendors. Authorized Data Vendors generally fall into two categories of vendors: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office “software as a service” solutions).

CGS seeks to charge fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory license fees for providing the convenience and functionality of direct or indirect access to and benefit of CGS Data originating from accurate, up-to-date and dynamic, proprietary commercial databases compiled, maintained and updated by CGS. CGS License Fees are based upon an end user customer's own particular Usage of CGS Data (whether or not such end user obtains access to the CGS Data itself or derives benefits from CGS Data by virtue of an outsourcing relationship with an Authorized Data Vendor). End User customers are asked to complete a Use of Service Statement that allows CGS to determine the appropriate License fees for that end user customer. CGS's Use of Service Statement helps CGS to achieve its objective of ensuring that end user customers are treated in a fair, reasonable and user customer derives from Usage of CGS Data.

CGS has made, and continues to make, significant investments in developing and updating its commercial products and delivering its proprietary data in formats and frequencies valued in the marketplace. CGS Data contains data selected and arranged by CGS through the application of methods and standards of judgment used and developed through the expenditure of considerable work, time and money. CGS License Fees cover the expense of collecting, maintaining, storing, updating and distributing the CGS Data and provide incentives to innovate and upgrade the dynamic data products and services that CGS offers.

The value and utility of CGS Data is not only the CGS Identifier itself but also the related descriptive data that enables the financial marketplace to uniquely identify a particular financial instrument or security. In many cases, the CGS Identifier alone will not provide all the intelligence that is needed by the end user customer. End User customers can therefore, rely on the provenance of data originating from CGS, which helps them run their operations with reliability (or use Authorized Data Vendors to perform the internal business operations or processes on behalf of and for the benefit of the end-user customer).

The American Bankers Association (ABA) is the owner of all intellectual property rights to the CUSIP system or other identifier systems developed by CGS, including all intellectual property rights in and to CGS's various commercial databases and the CGS Data. In 1968, The ABA created the CUSIP Service Bureau (now known as CUSIP Global Services) to carry out the mandate of uniquely identifying financial instruments or securities and selected Standard & Poor’s, now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence LLC, to manage and operate the CUSIP and related identifier systems.

End User customers who obtain read- or display-only access to CGS Data by virtue of an Authorized Data Vendor’s online screen display, either through a terminal or website without download or other similar capability, do not have to enter into a CGS License or pay any license fees to CGS if they do not export or download CGS Data into other applications, systems or operational processes. However, this does not apply to end user customers who benefit from the display of CGS Data through an outsourced or managed solution (e.g., accessed via terminal or website) which is offered by an Authorized Data Vendor.

Authorized Data Vendors supply services to indirect end user customers and typically fall within the following two categories: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office “software as a service” solutions).

End User customers who subscribe to an outsourced or managed solution are required to obtain a CGS License and pay the applicable fees for their Use of CGS Data contained within the outsourced or managed solution.

Additionally, CGS will waive the CGS License fee for an end user customer who Uses fewer than 500 unique CGS Identifiers. In this case, the end user customer will need to obtain a CGS License, but CGS does not charge fees for this level of Usage.

CGS Data may be publicly available in some offering documents and from other sources. End users can elect to collect this information themselves and store such information in their internal databases for non-commercial use, provided that the source of such information permitted the reproduction and use of such information. However, it has been CGS's experience that the CGS Data generally has not come from publicly available sources, but rather from other sources, such as a CGS Authorized Data Vendor or through improperly scraping websites of CGS end user customers with CGS licenses. Most end user customers of CGS Data enter into a license agreement with CGS for authorized use and to enjoy the benefits of the integrity and functionality of downloadable, timely and accurate data when supporting their own internal business processes or engaging in commercial transactions.

The CGS License is vendor-neutral and may allow Use of CGS Data by an end user customer through any number of Authorized Data Vendors. Once an end user customer has obtained a CGS License, such end user customer can obtain the benefits of CGS Data at no additional charge through multiple Authorized Data Vendors. This is an efficient and fair distribution model as the end user customer only enters into one CGS License, regardless of the number of Authorized Data Vendors.

Authorized Data Vendors engage in their own Use of CGS Data in connection with the development and commercialization of their own products and services, which is separate and distinct from the Use of CGS Data made by their end user customers. CGS License fees that are applicable to Authorized Data Vendors, cover their right to independently access and Use CGS Data for internal purposes as necessary to support their own products and services, which are then made available downstream to their customers. Therefore, an Authorized Data Vendor is not charged CGS License fees for its end user customers’ Use of CGS Data, and end user customers are not charged CGS License fees for the Authorized Data Vendor’s separate Use of CGS Data. Each utilizes CGS Data in their own way as outlined in their respective CUSIP Use of Service Statement. Thus, indirect end user customers and Authorized Data Vendors derive separate benefit from their Usage of CGS Data and CGS charges each of them according to such separate Usage.

CGS License for
End User Customers

An end user customer generally refers to a recipient of data originating from CUSIP Global Services’ ("CGS") databases, products or services ("CGS Data") who receives the benefit of CGS Data for usage within its internal operations or to support its internal business processes. Internal operations and internal business processes do not include further onward distribution of CGS Data to third parties or commercialization of CGS Data. CGS Data includes CUSIP, CINS, CGS ISIN identifiers, and any other identifiers issued by CGS (collectively referred to as "CGS Identifiers"), plus additional information about financial instruments originating from CGS’s databases.

Authorized Data Vendors supply services to indirect end user customers and typically fall within the following two categories: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office "software as a service" solutions).

CUSIP Use of Service Statement
for End User Customers

The first step in the CGS licensing process for end user customers is to complete and return a CUSIP Use of Service Statement (“UOSS”). The UOSS allows CGS to understand how a potential end user customer plans on accessing, using, storing, processing or otherwise benefitting from the CGS Data. The UOSS enables CGS to continue its longstanding practice of treating beneficiaries of CGS Data fairly and on a level playing field to maintain parity. By fully and accurately completing the UOSS, the end user customer ensures that its license fees are calculated based on the benefit it receives from the CGS Data and that such fees are fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory.

CGS Identifiers

CGS Identifiers include CUSIPs, CGS ISINs, CGS CINS and any other identifier issued by CGS. All CGS ISINs are embedded with either a CUSIP Identifier or a CINS Identifier. When a database contains both a CGS ISIN, and its embedded CUSIP or CINS separately, they shall be collectively counted as one unique CGS Identifier.

Below are definitions for each CGS Identifier. When it comes to identifying CGS ISINs, please use the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Prefixes provided below to properly identify CGS ISINs.

(i) CUSIP (Committee on Uniform Security Identification Procedures) Identifier: a 9-character alphanumeric identifier assigned for issuers and their financial instruments offered in the U.S. and Canada.

(ii) CINS (CUSIP International Number System) Identifier: a 9-character alphanumeric identifier that uses the same 9-character format as CUSIP identifiers and is the local identifier of more than 30 non-North American markets.

(iii) CGS ISIN (International Securities Identification Number) Identifier: a 12-character global identifier assigned by CGS in its role as National Numbering Agency for the United States and substitute National Numbering Agency for selected countries. The ISO Prefixes for CGS ISINs are as follows: US, CA, KY, BM, VI, VG, UM, TT, SR, GS, SX, VC, MF, LC, KN, BL, PR, PH, PW, MP, FM, YT, MH, HT, GY, GU, GD, DM, CW, BQ, BZ, BS, AW, AG, AI, AS, AN. The ISIN is the recognized global standard for unique identification of financial instruments under ISO 6166. For more information on the global standard, please visit https://www.anna-web.org/standards/isin-iso-6166/

CGS License Structure for End User Customers

End User

The CGS License Fees applicable to end user customers who receive the benefits of CGS Data are based primarily on three (3) criteria: 1) the number of unique CGS Identifiers accessed, stored, maintained, processed or otherwise used by or for the benefit of an end user customer (all such types of usage, whether individually or in any combination thereof, shall be collectively referred to as "Used", "Used by" or "Usage of", or a similar variation thereof); 2) the number of Business Lines with Usage of CGS Data; and 3) the number of Regions with Usage of CGS Data. CGS Data includes CUSIP, CINS, CGS ISIN Identifiers, and any other identifiers issued by CGS (collectively referred to as “CGS Identifiers”), plus additional information about financial instruments originating from CGS's databases.

Determining the Count of Unique CGS Identifiers

The count of CGS Identifiers should include all unique CGS Identifiers that an end user customer ultimately receives the benefit of in order to support or operate any part of its internal business processes or operations, regardless of where such CGS Identifiers are Used. This count applies whether: (i) the CGS Data received by an end user customer is Used directly by the end user customer, or (ii) the end user customer receives the benefit of CGS Data being Used as part of some type of outsourced or managed solution.

Examples

  1. 1.

    Use of CGS Data in selecting securities of interest. An end user customer may Use 5,000 CGS Identifiers, which reflects only those securities in which it holds, or at one time held a position. However, if an end user customer’s own internal business processes entails Usage of 30,000 CGS Identifiers to perform its business processes (e.g. quantitative/qualitative/systematic research, trade processing, programmatic trading, performance measurement, attribution analysis, benchmarking, risk analysis, portfolio analytics, reconciliation, quantitative analysis, etc.), to select those 5,000 CGS Identifiers, it is the universe of 30,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

    Conversely, if an end user customer receives a data feed or similar bulk distribution that includes 30,000 CGS Identifiers, but the Use is limited to only 5,000 CGS Identifiers in which it holds, or at one time held a position, then it’s the 5,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

  2. 2.

    Use of CGS Data in accounting systems. An end user customer may Use 10,000 CGS Identifiers in its accounting system, which reflects those securities in which it holds, or at one time held a position. However, if an end user customer needs access to the accounting system for securities transactions greater than 12 months old in order to fulfil statutory audit requirements, regulatory compliance purposes, or is required by law, then the count may be limited to 12 months of securities transaction history (including any long-term holdings).

    Conversely, if an end user customer needs to Use 20,000 CGS Identifiers in order to perform its own internal business processes, in order to select 10,000 securities in which it holds, or has held a position; it is the universe of 20,000 CGS Identifiers that should be counted.

  3. 3.

    Use of CGS Data in an outsourced or managed solution. An end user customer may receive the benefit of CGS Data through the outsourcing of its internal business operations or processes to an Authorized Data Vendor (e.g., trade processing, portfolio accounting, portfolio analytics, trust and fund accounting, fund administration, reconciliation, performance measurement, risk analytics, regulatory reporting, etc.). The internal business processes of the end user customer are effectively being performed by the Authorized Data Vendor, who as part of its service, is otherwise performing and/or supporting the internal business operations or processes on behalf of and for the benefit of the end user customer. In these circumstances, the end user customer is the direct beneficiary of the CGS Data and therefore the Usage of the CGS Data is attributable to that end user customer. Please refer to Examples 1 and 2 for guidance as to how to count the number of CGS Identifiers.

Fee Calculator

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Establishing the Base Fee

To establish the Base Fee, CGS looks at the largest operating unit of the end user customer (i.e., the first Business Line and Region).

  • If there is a second Business Line or Region, the additional fee will be equal to 50% of the Base Fee for a Business Line and/or Region.
  • If there is a third or fourth Business Line or Region, the additional fee will be an additional 25% of the Base Fee for each Business Lines and/or Region.
  • Combinations of Business Lines and/or Regions may result in further modifications to the Base Fee.

See the Fee Calculator for more information

Authorized Data Vendors

Please contact a CGS Representative for information regarding the fees and terms applicable to Authorized Data Vendors.

See the Fee Calculator for more information

Additional Notes Relating to CGS License Fees

  • End User customers who subscribe to a CGS License may receive direct access to complimentary products or services from CGS.
  • CGS License Fees are not charged to an end user customer who Uses fewer than 500 unique CGS Identifiers.
  • Once an end user customer enters into a CGS License, that end user customer is entitled to Use CGS Data via any Authorized Data Vendor without the need to subscribe to additional CGS Licenses or pay additional license fees. In addition, CGS may provide direct products and services to end user customers on a complimentary basis who have subscribed to a CGS License.
  • End User customers who obtain read- or display-only access to CGS Data by virtue of an Authorized Data Vendor’s online screen display, either through a terminal or website without download or other similar capability do not have to enter into a CGS License or pay any license fees to CGS if they do not export or download CGS Data into other applications, systems or operational processes. However, this does not apply to end user customers who benefit from the display of CGS Data through an outsourced or managed solution which is offered by an Authorized Data Vendor. End User customers who subscribe to an outsourced or managed solution are required to obtain a CGS License and pay the applicable fees for their Use of CGS Data contained within the outsourced or managed solution.
  • Final determination of fees is at the judgment of CGS and consideration will be given to aspects of a customer’s profile including, but not limited to:
    • Academic research and teaching
    • Assets Under Management (AUM) for asset managers
    • US end user customers operating in a single state or sub-region of the United States (e.g., the Midwest)
    • Additional considerations may be given to Regions with minimal Usage at the sole discretion of CGS
    • Government/Regulator
    • Other equitable factors in the judgment of CGS

CGS Licensing Policies FAQs

What is CGS’s basic licensing structure?

Like other traditional suppliers of financial information, CGS distributes information from its various proprietary commercial database products and services directly to end user customers, and indirectly through Authorized Data Vendors. While many of CGS's end user customers elect to receive access to CGS's Data directly from CGS via specific CGS products or services, other end user customers elect to receive the benefits of CGS Data through one or more Authorized Data Vendors. Both methods of distribution provide a high degree of functionality, accuracy and convenience to end user customers, and allow end user customers to choose their preferred method of delivery or access to CGS Data.

CGS recognizes that many end user customers outsource certain key business operations and processes that utilize or rely upon CGS Data as an important feature of those operations and processes. Some of CGS’s end user customers, such as asset managers, banks, broker-dealers, insurance companies and other financial institutions, are now using outsourced or managed solutions provided by Authorized Data Vendors to fulfill and/or support some of their most basic internal business operations and processes. Examples of outsourced or managed solutions can be found on the Authorized Data Vendor Distribution page. These Authorized Data Vendors would not be able to perform their outsourcing functions on behalf of their end user customers, without the robust and reliable data originating from CGS’s commercial databases.

End User customers who wish to subscribe to specific CGS products and services will pay the License Fees applicable to such CGS product and service. End User customers who do not subscribe to specific CGS products or services will pay the License Fees as described in the License Structure.

A license agreement with CGS is required under the following circumstances:

A CGS License is required when: (a) an end user customer subscribes to a particular CGS product or service, and/or (b) an end user customer obtains the benefit of CGS Data indirectly through one of CGS's Authorized Data Vendors. Authorized Data Vendors generally fall into two categories of vendors: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office “software as a service” solutions).

CGS seeks to charge fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory license fees for providing the convenience and functionality of direct or indirect access to and benefit of CGS Data originating from accurate, up-to-date and dynamic, proprietary commercial databases compiled, maintained and updated by CGS. CGS License Fees are based upon an end user customer's own particular Usage of CGS Data (whether or not such end user obtains access to the CGS Data itself or derives benefits from CGS Data by virtue of an outsourcing relationship with an Authorized Data Vendor). End User customers are asked to complete a Use of Service Statement that allows CGS to determine the appropriate License fees for that end user customer. CGS's Use of Service Statement helps CGS to achieve its objective of ensuring that end user customers are treated in a fair, reasonable and user customer derives from Usage of CGS Data.

CGS has made, and continues to make, significant investments in developing and updating its commercial products and delivering its proprietary data in formats and frequencies valued in the marketplace. CGS Data contains data selected and arranged by CGS through the application of methods and standards of judgment used and developed through the expenditure of considerable work, time and money. CGS License Fees cover the expense of collecting, maintaining, storing, updating and distributing the CGS Data and provide incentives to innovate and upgrade the dynamic data products and services that CGS offers.

The value and utility of CGS Data is not only the CGS Identifier itself but also the related descriptive data that enables the financial marketplace to uniquely identify a particular financial instrument or security. In many cases, the CGS Identifier alone will not provide all the intelligence that is needed by the end user customer. End User customers can therefore, rely on the provenance of data originating from CGS, which helps them run their operations with reliability (or use Authorized Data Vendors to perform the internal business operations or processes on behalf of and for the benefit of the end-user customer).

The American Bankers Association (ABA) is the owner of all intellectual property rights to the CUSIP system or other identifier systems developed by CGS, including all intellectual property rights in and to CGS's various commercial databases and the CGS Data. In 1968, The ABA created the CUSIP Service Bureau (now known as CUSIP Global Services) to carry out the mandate of uniquely identifying financial instruments or securities and selected Standard & Poor’s, now known as S&P Global Market Intelligence LLC, to manage and operate the CUSIP and related identifier systems.

End User customers who obtain read- or display-only access to CGS Data by virtue of an Authorized Data Vendor’s online screen display, either through a terminal or website without download or other similar capability, do not have to enter into a CGS License or pay any license fees to CGS if they do not export or download CGS Data into other applications, systems or operational processes. However, this does not apply to end user customers who benefit from the display of CGS Data through an outsourced or managed solution (e.g., accessed via terminal or website) which is offered by an Authorized Data Vendor.

Authorized Data Vendors supply services to indirect end user customers and typically fall within the following two categories: (i) information vendors, data vendors or information service providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through the usage and incorporation of CGS Data as part of their own products or services, and (ii) outsourcing providers who furnish the benefit of CGS Data to indirect end user customers through some type of outsourced or managed solution (e.g., business process outsourcing; back-office outsourcing; trade processing; portfolio accounting; trust and fund accounting, or fund administration, as well as various other hosted, outsourced or managed solutions that offer middle-to-back-office “software as a service” solutions).

End User customers who subscribe to an outsourced or managed solution are required to obtain a CGS License and pay the applicable fees for their Use of CGS Data contained within the outsourced or managed solution.

Additionally, CGS will waive the CGS License fee for an end user customer who Uses fewer than 500 unique CGS Identifiers. In this case, the end user customer will need to obtain a CGS License, but CGS does not charge fees for this level of Usage.

CGS Data may be publicly available in some offering documents and from other sources. End users can elect to collect this information themselves and store such information in their internal databases for non-commercial use, provided that the source of such information permitted the reproduction and use of such information. However, it has been CGS's experience that the CGS Data generally has not come from publicly available sources, but rather from other sources, such as a CGS Authorized Data Vendor or through improperly scraping websites of CGS end user customers with CGS licenses. Most end user customers of CGS Data enter into a license agreement with CGS for authorized use and to enjoy the benefits of the integrity and functionality of downloadable, timely and accurate data when supporting their own internal business processes or engaging in commercial transactions.

The CGS License is vendor-neutral and may allow Use of CGS Data by an end user customer through any number of Authorized Data Vendors. Once an end user customer has obtained a CGS License, such end user customer can obtain the benefits of CGS Data at no additional charge through multiple Authorized Data Vendors. This is an efficient and fair distribution model as the end user customer only enters into one CGS License, regardless of the number of Authorized Data Vendors.

Authorized Data Vendors engage in their own Use of CGS Data in connection with the development and commercialization of their own products and services, which is separate and distinct from the Use of CGS Data made by their end user customers. CGS License fees that are applicable to Authorized Data Vendors, cover their right to independently access and Use CGS Data for internal purposes as necessary to support their own products and services, which are then made available downstream to their customers. Therefore, an Authorized Data Vendor is not charged CGS License fees for its end user customers’ Use of CGS Data, and end user customers are not charged CGS License fees for the Authorized Data Vendor’s separate Use of CGS Data. Each utilizes CGS Data in their own way as outlined in their respective CUSIP Use of Service Statement. Thus, indirect end user customers and Authorized Data Vendors derive separate benefit from their Usage of CGS Data and CGS charges each of them according to such separate Usage.