“ANNA: Openness of Global Markets Advances with Securities Identifiers Now Issued for More than 120 Nations”
ANNA is a global association of national numbering agencies with a common mission. That is to provide reliable, accurate and trusted means to identify and describe securities that can be used by all nations and their markets.
Although ANNA and the global identifiers have existed for more than two decades, the work and excitement of bringing new numbering agencies online is a constant reminder of why this work is so important. Every country that takes on the responsibility of issuing globally standard identifiers accomplishes much more than only associating codes with aspects of an investment instrument. This step enables investment capital to flow easily across borders. It facilitates modern automated exchanges and trade settlement. Last but not least, each nation that participates in the common financial language adds to and profits from global understanding of opportunity and risk in the markets.
In taking responsibility for assigning these identifiers, the members of ANNA meet strict and detailed standards in how they register the securities and keep the data current, in their business practices in serving issuers and users of the identifier, and in the group requirement to keep standards and practices current with changing market conditions.
In all of this, the Association of National Numbering Agencies provides formal framework for support, education, technical and operational solutions developing, and representation to financial and regulatory forums. ANNA also operates the ANNA Service Bureau to consolidate the identifiers from around the world and provide a single point of access for users who may need regular feeds of new and updated identifier information.
ANNA also has a second role of servicing the financial community at large as the Registration Authority for the International Securities Instrument Number (ISIN) standard. Assigned to this duty of the International Organization for Standards (ISO), ANNA is responsible for monitoring the national numbering agencies for compliance with standards in business operations, technology and data quality, as well as providing assistance to agencies in difficulty.
For more information about the members and membership, visit our Members page.
To learn more about global standards, visit our Identifiers page.