Empirasign Blog: Recent Posts

Recent Blog Posts:


SMS BWIC Alerts

July 21, 2014

Never miss a trade again--even when you are off the desk. With SMS BWIC Alerts, you'll receive a text message right to your phone any time a bond stored in your portfolio appears on a BWIC.

How to turn it on:
Simply navigate to the Update SMS Settings page under My Stuff on the top navigation bar or click on the SMS Alerts toggle button which appears at the top of the portfolio page (screenshot below).


Updating Your SMS Settings:
As shown in the screenshot below, enter the cell number where you want to receive the alerts and the max number of alerts you want to receive per day (via the drop down box). Click the Update SMS Settings button for your changes to take effect. Now you're all set to realize the benefits of timely market information no matter where you are.


Example screenshot of a phone which has received some SMS BWIC Alerts


In Other News: Empirasign is Hiring!
Please consult our jobs page if you are a 10X engineer or first-rate market data salesperson.


Empirasign MyData

June 5, 2014

We are pleased to announce our latest product enhancement: Empirasign MyData

With Empirasign MyData we bring the Excel data integration functionality of Empirasign Enterprise to every one of our web clients. As we've said before, for better or for worse, many of us use Excel as an ad hoc database. With the MyData functionality, Empirasign will auto-parse your spreadsheets to grab the relevant information and display it alongside any bond query you run on the Empirasign website. No longer will you be stuck de-bugging VLOOKUP functions. With Excel data integration, every Empirasign user can be their own data hunter-gatherer. This feature will empower every Empirasign web user to acquire and use data to drive more business.

A Short Example from Valuation Work
Below is a screenshot of an example spreadsheet being used by a fictional client for internal valuation purposes. The example shows some data being maintained about a particular bond: valuation date, some benchmark rates, quotes from pricing vendors, and an internal mark. After uploading this spreadsheet via the MyData page, every time I search for a bond on Empirasign, my search results will encompass both Empirasign data and any matching bond from my spreadsheet(s).

snippet of client contributed Excel workbook

sample search results (MyData section circled in red)
search results showing Empirasing and client data

How To Think about Empirasign MyData
One way to think about Empirasign MyData is API access in reverse. Instead of downloading Empirasign Market Data into Excel for one unified view of the market, you upload your data into Empirasign to see everything you need on one web page. The upshot is Empirasign MyData comes at no extra charge, while API access is priced at multiples of a single web license. Another way to look at MyData is that it's Empirasign Enterprise Lite. It's a zero ante way to experiment with deeper internal/external data integration.

General restrictions
Your data is only accessible to you. If you want to share your data with colleagues, you must either subscribe to Empirasign Enterprise, or they must upload the same spreadsheet as you did. We can only accept Excel spreadsheets at this time. CSV's with their lack of formatting and type information can be too ambiguous.

To get started select MyData which appears under MyStuff on the top navigation bar, or head over to the following URL: www.empirasign.com/mydata/


Empirasign Enterprise

May 8, 2014

We are pleased to announce the new Empirasign Enterprise.

With Empirasign Enterprise you can now seamlessly link the Empirasign web product and its unique real-time dataset with your own data sources. Empirasign Enterprise works regardless of whether your data is housed in internal databases, CRM systems, or even something as plain and simple as an Excel spreadsheet. We handle all the data integration for you and all this data will be presented as one unified view on the Empirasign website.

Supported Databases
MySQL
Oracle
Microsoft Access
Microsoft SQL Server

Supported CRM Systems
Salesforce
Saleslogix
SugarCRM

Excel data integration
For better or for worse, Wall Street runs on Excel. Empirasign will auto-parse your spreadsheets to grab the relevant data and link it to any bond query you run on the Empirasign website. No longer will you be mired in VLOOKUP purgatory. With Excel data integration, every Empirasign user can be their own data hunter-gatherer. This feature will empower and incentivize each of your users to acquire and use data to drive more business.

Why Trust Empirasign
Empirasign is experienced in marrying up data from most any format and source. In the last four years we've put into production systems dealing with the following formats: JSON, XML, SOAP, raw text, email, Excel, PDF, HTML, SQL, NoSQL, and a few others you have probably never heard of. In short, on a daily basis we deal with practically every format under the sun to produce a clean articulate final product that helps Structured Product market participants thrive on a daily basis.

Why is this awesome?
Imagine getting a BWIC Alert from Empirasign that not only includes recent trade color and offers, but also the last date the bond was traded by your shop and to which customer.

Management Level Insights
Empirasign will combine your data with ours to find the hidden connections and unrealized insights that will help your shop drive more flows and conduct business in a more effective manner.

For US Markets, please contact:
Robert Clark
+1 646-837-8843
robert.clark@empirasign.com

For EMEA, please contact:
Gema Martin
+1 646-837-8799
gema.martin@empirasign.com



Social Surveyor

March 4, 2014

We are pleased to announce the new Empirasign Social Surveyor

What It Is, How It Works
Our bot scans through your LinkedIn network's endless stream of updates looking for change events. In our business change is opportunity--either for you or for someone else. With the Empirasign Social Surveyor at your side, you can stay ahead of these changes. Some of the things we monitor are your connections' new jobs, and new connections. A friend of my friend can be a business opportunity, or a business challenge. Either way, this is information you need to know. Empirasign presents this information to you in a timely, clean, and actionable format.

Step 1: Enable Empirasign to Read Your LinkedIn News Feed
Navigate to the authentication page. This page can be found under My Stuff -> Social Surveyor -> Authenticate LinkedIn under the top Navigation Bar. Or you can simply point your browser to the following URL: www.empirasign.com/linkedin_auth

Once there click on the authentication link (circled in red below). Your browser will be redirected to the LinkedIn website. There you will be told what permissions you are giving Empirasign's bot (as shown in the second screenshot below). If you agree with the permissions granted, please log in using the email and password combo you usually use when logging into LinkedIn. If successful, your browser will then redirect you back to Empirasign's website. It should be clear that you first need a valid LinkedIn account to utilize the Empirasign Social Surveyor.

Screenshot of authentication page on Empirasign website
Screenshot of authentication page on Empirasign website

Screenshot of authentication page on LinkedIn website
Screenshot of authentication page on LinkedIn website

Step 2: View My Social Data
The Empirasign Social Surveyor bot runs periodically throughout the day so you may not immediately see results for your Social Data.

New Connections Report
Your first degree connections show up on the left hand side of the table below, and the new second degree connections show up on the right hand side. To view anyone's LinkedIn profile page, simply click on the headline field in the table. To view this report, navigate your browser to My Stuff -> Social Surveillance -> LinkedIn Connections, or simply go to the following URL: www.empirasign.com/linkedin_conns

Sample New Connections Screen
Sample New Connections Screen (click to enlarge)


New Jobs Report
This report shows which of your connections have recently changed jobs (either new job title, or new company). As with the New Connections report, click on the Headline field to be directed to that person's LinkedIn profile page. To view this report, navigate your browser to My Stuff -> Social Surveillance -> LinkedIn Jobs, or simply go to the following URL: www.empirasign.com/linkedin_jobs

Sample New Jobs Screen
Sample New Jobs Screen (click to enlarge)


The tables in both reports are sortable by clicking on the header field of the column you want to sort by.

It is important to note that Empirasign will not post to your LinkedIn Feed, and we will never externally release any of the data we collect from LinkedIn for you.


BWIC Watcher

Jan. 27, 2014

What It Is, How It Works

To engage the BWIC Watcher simply click on the HAL 9000-looking icon (circled in red below). This icon appears at the top of every BWIC screen. A pop-up dialog box will confirm that the watcher has been engaged. To turn the BWIC Watcher off, click on the same icon again. As an aside, clicking on the nearby envelope icon will send you a nicely formatted email of the current BWIC with any available Trade Color and Price Talk.

how to engage the bwic watcher

When viewing a BWIC that you're already "watching," it will be noted as seen in the screenshot below.

screenshot of bwic being watched

Whenever Empirasign updates (new or additional Price Talk or Trade Color) a "watched" BWIC, you'll receive an alert to your Bloomberg or email. An example alert is shown below. On January 16th, I used the BWIC Watcher to keep tabs on the ING Liquidation.

sample watched bwic update

With the Empirasign BWIC Watcher at your side, you'll never be late to the trade.


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