BWIC Email ExtractorFeb. 19, 2013
Have you ever received a BWIC aggregation or recap email that's packed so dense with information that it could make your head explode? Our enhanced Email Search tool allows you to quickly make sense of these messages and access information about bonds and BWICs embedded in them. Simply copy and paste an email or Bloomberg message into the Raw Email Message text box on our Email Search page and hit the Parse Email Msg button.
Example Screenshot of an email message pasted into Raw Email Message box:
After clicking the Parse Email Msg button, your original email is overlayed with meta-data that identifies BWICs (large colored circles), and Bloomberg tickers, cusips and ISINs (small green circles). BWICs circled in green indicate that trade color is available. BWICs circled in yellow indicated that price talk is available. If no price talk or trade color is currently available, the BWIC is circled in black. To visit any BWIC page on our site simply click inside a BWIC's circled region.
You can also run a quick search on any Bloomberg ticker or cusip by simply clicking on a highlighted identifier. A pop-up will appear displaying information regarding appearances on past BWICs and inventory offer sheets. A link to the bond's complete trade history is also available to click on. Example displayed below:
Finally, you can run a bulk search on every bond in a message by clicking on the Bulk Search button. If your email contains BWICs currently not in our database (BWICs that are not circled), you can click on the Add to Index button to have them added to our database.
Our Email Search tool can be found on the Navigation Bar under Find Bonds, or simply point your browser to this URL: www.empirasign.com/email_search
Dealer Offer SearchDec. 3, 2012
Navigate to this new search page by selecting Dealer Offers under the Find Bonds tab on our Navigation Bar (see screenshot below).
Start off by selecting a market sector, and clicking Go. After this is done a list of recent dates for which offering data is available appears (screenshot below). After at least one search parameter has been entered you can restart your search by clicking the red Restart Search button.
After selecting an offering date, a list of available dealers for that date is displayed. To complete your search request, simply choose a dealer and click Search. Search results are then displayed on the screen. To begin again, either reload the page, or click the Restart Search button.
As always, your comments are appreciated. Almost all of our product enhancements are driven by user feedback.
- Empirasign Market Data was cited by Dow Jones Thursday in an article on CMBS risk re-shuffling before Dodd-Frank takes effect. Link to article here: BlackRock, Rialto Dump Some of Their 'Skin' in CMBS Game.
- We have a new free preview page here: www.empirasign.com/bwic. It shows all the current BWICs we are tracking (both US and Eurozone). Show your friends who are not subscribers and they can get a peek at what they are missing.
- Speaking of friends who are not subscribers: Your site will receive an additional free web license for six months for any new customers you refer to Empirasign. More about this program here: www.empirasign.com/referral.
Faster API Bulk SearchesOct. 29, 2012
Bulk Searches have long been available via the Excel API spreadsheet. These were run one by one by looping through the list presented on the "bulk" tab. Now you can submit bulk search requests all at once and get results back at speeds up 100X faster than before. The changes are all behind the scenes. From the Excel user perspective, the only change is in the search speed.
Enter up to 200 cusips and/or Bloomberg tickers into the range A5:A204 on the "bulk" tab. To constrain your search to a specific date range, enter these dates in cells A6:A7. Then, click "Retrieve Data..." button. All results will appear on "bulk_results" tab.
Example Bulk Search Results Tab:
Download the new spreadsheet here:
Notes for Nerds:
Release Notes can be found in the commented section at the top of the spreadsheet's VBA code. Due to the increased amount of data being passed up to our servers, this API call uses HTTP POST--all others user HTTP GET. With POST requests, parameters are passed in the header, not appended to the URL. To aid in debugging, you can find the parameters passed by the VBA code in cell I1 of the "bulk" tab.
csv=true&bonds=61755FAC9,02660TCS0,05951VAJ8&app_id=johndoe&req_sig=4239f31Our API is language agnostic. i.e. Any client that can form valid HTTP GET and POST requests can interact with it. VBA example code can be accessed from the spreadsheet. Contact us for example scripts written in Python.
To be set up with a trial API ID, contact us directly.
BWIC Quick ViewOct. 16, 2012
Quickly inspect a BWIC's contents (bonds, price talk, and color) without ever leaving the home page. Just click on the BWIC Quick View icon (circled in red below) next to any BWIC's description.
BWIC Quick View Example: Empirasign BWIC ID: 121016K
The Quick View window can be dismissed by clicking on the X at the top right of the pop-up window.
Empirasign RecapsSept. 19, 2012
Before proceeding, it's important to note that you must have bonds stored in portfolio to realize the benefits of BWIC Alerts, or our new feature, Empirasign Recaps (as described below):
Every morning, you'll receive an email message detailing how your portfolio bonds fared in the previous day's BWICs and if they were offered by dealers. (see screenshot below for an example message recapping Friday, September 14th market activity for my portfolio bonds)
The first section (circled in blue) recounts any BWIC activity your portfolio bonds experienced. Average Price Talk and Trade Color for the given bond (when available) and a link to the BWIC it appeared on are displayed.
The second section (circled in green) recounts any dealer offerings we recorded for the bonds in your portfolio. Amount, offering level, and dealer are displayed.
For both sections 1 and 2, the sub-portfolios (tags) involved are displayed as well.
Utilizing these Recap emails is an effective way to start your day. For example, you can easily gauge market liquidity vis a vis your holdings. Or, follow up with clients who have matchers for recently traded bonds.
Please contact us if you need any assistance setting up or modifying your portfolios. The default max portfolio size is 1,500 line items. Upon request, we can easily increase this number for you. A few of our users store multiples of this amount.
To get started, head on over to the portfolio page: www.empirasign.com/portfolio.