S3 is a global, independent financial analytics, technology and services firm founded in 2003, headquartered in Manhattan. S3 BLACKLIGHT is an analytics and technology platform that uniquely consolidates all financing and capital markets data for every market, product, function and counterparty.

A broad spectrum of the world’s premiere asset managers use S3 BLACKLIGHT’s Treasury, Collateral and Counterparty Risk Management data, reporting and analytics to manage Total Cost of Ownership and Terms "TCOT™."

Our Firm, services and proprietary technology have received notable industry recognition and awards. We are grateful and honored to be recognized across the financial services industry for our entrepreneurial culture and consistent track record of market leadership, technological innovation and commitment to creating long-term client value.

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Data and Apps

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  • THE BLACK APP – AKA THE BLACKLIGHT APP CROWDING KIT

    Displays real time data to see: How to track crowded longs and shorts for specific names, sectors and indices. How short selling, short covering, long selling AND short squeezes are affecting your book. Real-time intel to replace stale short interest reporting and biased market indicators. How borrowing and lending activity signals market price action and financing rate movements. Real-time relative change in shorting activity (shorting velocity).

  • S3 BID/OFFER AND SPOT RATES VIA OR DIRECT FEED

    Weighted for liquidity, our multi-factor model transforms rates from all market participants - mutual funds, custody banks, prime brokers and hedge funds - across all relevant products - securities lending, swaps, options and repo.

  • THE MARKET STANDARD

    Unlike other indicators, contribution, elimination and market share biases are not inherent to our model. Weighted for liquidity, our multi-factor model transforms rates from all market participants – mutual funds, custody banks, prime brokers and hedge funds – across all relevant products – securities lending, swaps, options and repo.

  • SHARPEN YOUR MODEL

    Use our data in your model as you see fit: sharpen expected return calculations, measure singularity of portfolio ideas and predict borrow and loan trends.

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Total cost of ownership
treasury management

  • The S3 BLACKLIGHT™ analytics platform is the industry’s most comprehensive treasury management suite. Our standard-setting capabilities cover: actively managing securities financing, commissions; cash management; OTC collateral; counterparty agreements, terms, and risk; prime broker, repo, and swap margin; balance sheet efficiency and accurate “what if” ROA/ROE scenario analysis. Everything works simply within your existing workflow to measure total cost of ownership.

  • AWARD-WINNING ANALYTICS THAT ARE THE INDUSTRY STANDARD

    S3 BLACKLIGHT™ has won the most respected industry awards.

  • SWIFTLY AND SECURELY RECONCILE DATA

    Our PIX protocol reconciles, standardizes, normalizes and curates all data, for all products, in all markets. We securely import, extract, map, calculate, and export data to make your workflow work for you.

  • MAKE AND SAVE MONEY WITH ENRICHED REPORTING

    Over 150 available reports to display consolidated holdings, margin, securities finance, counterparty risk, and research; our expert services desk will meet custom reporting requests within 72 hours or build-your-own with our tools.

  • INSTANT ANALYTICS FOR TREASURY MANAGEMENT

    One-click to optimize securities financing, cash management, OTC collateral, counterparty agreements and risk, prime broker, repo, and swap margin, balance sheet, and accurate ROA/ROE “what if” scenario analysis. All with state-the-art data integrity, quality checks, security and audit trail.

  • WITH THE S3 ROUTER APP

    In one click, action rate improvement across financial counterparties.

  • OPTIMIZE TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP

    Maintain access to trading platforms while optimizing financing cost, commissions, services and risk fairly.

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Services

  • Protect your franchise by implementing fair mark-to-market terms in your counterparty documentation. With S3, you can unify capital, balance sheet usage, commercial and credit risk terms for your trading strategies.

  • DATA SET

    Our data covers every vintage of financing document as well as every type. We have reviewed, negotiated, monitored and offered structuring advice on over 4,500 unique documents: 83 types of agreements facing off against 60 counterparties including prime brokerage, term committed facility, master confirmation, ISDA master, master netting, master securities lending, master repurchase, banking and custody.


  • TEAM

    Comprising former traders and hedge fund lawyers, has a 360° view into the legal, commercial, credit, capital and operational terms embedded in each document.

  • INSIGHT

    Our contracts prevail through ever-evolving economic times; in fact, financing terms negotiated by our team held through the 2008 crisis and beyond.

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    Our experience and vantage point, coupled with technology, allows us to translate counterparty inconsistencies and standardize disparate data into a single financial language.

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    Our real-world buy and sell side experience lends a keen understanding to the nuances of counterparty reporting and operational intricacies of products.

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    Better understand risk exposure, create proper policies and procedures, and more accurately manage operating versus committed leverage.


  • Experienced securities lending traders are available for on-demand, real-time support.

  • ACCESS

    Anytime connectivity to voice-driven financing markets.

  • COLOR AND RESEARCH

    S3’s relationship with all active broker-dealers allows us to give our clients impartial insight and continuous access.

  • MEASURE

    Accurate and real-time supply and demand.

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