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Search Metadata In Auto Complete

June 24, 2011

search box with results

The auto-complete feature of our search form has been updated to give you access to more essential data before you commit to a search, ensuring that your searches are of the utmost relevance.

search box with 1 result circled

In our circled example above, the metadata is as follows:
* 92922FJ25 is the CUSIP of the bond.
* 16:5, the 16 represents the number of times this bond appears in our trade database, the 5 represents the number of times this bond appears in our offers database.
* 06/14/11, this is the date of the most recent datapoint in our database for this bond, it may be from either the trade or the offer database.

Note: If the new auto-complete feature is not working for you, please clear your browser’s cache.




Price Talk Vectors

June 7, 2011

average price talk for bonds in BWIC

Above is a snippet of a sample BWIC. First, you will notice that price talk is displayed even after auction results become available. Additionally, for every bond that we have price talk from multiple dealers, the displayed price talk is an average. In the circled example above, the price talk is displayed 5:101.5. The number before the color, 5, indicates how many dealers we have indexed priced talk for on this bond. The decimal number to the right of the colon, 101.50, is the average of that talk. The PxTalk field becomes a hyperlink when we have talk from more than one dealer. Click through to see how wide the variation is for the price talk. For the example bond, the dealer level price talk is displayed below. To compute averages, we convert prose description of prices, such as “mid 50s”, to decimal form. The original list used for this example is accessible here: http://www.empirasign.com/db/view_bwic.php?list_id=110607D (Subscription Required).

dealer level price talk for a BWIC bond




Enhanced ML2 Coverage

May 2, 2011

Our Maiden Lane II page now shows all recent and upcoming auction activity for the Fed’s AIG portfolio as well as the entire portfolio (before any sales) with links to recent trade color and dealer offerings. The page is dynamic. Each time you visit, the database is queried for the latest trade color and offerings. All of this data is viewable at: www.empirasign.com/mlii (subscribers only)




Widely Held Offerings

March 23, 2011


Why this is good for the Buy Side: There is a saying in the Bond Market, “There are no bad bonds, just bad prices.” This report enables you to easily find bonds owned by more than one dealer, and will improve your bargaining position by moving the supply/demand equation in your favor.

Why this is good for the Sell Side: If I am offering the same bond as multiple other dealers, I want to know. For example, G2 82714 (GN 5/1 ARM) has been offered by seven dealers anywhere from 105z to 110z. I better make sure I’m not the 105Z offer so I look competitive. Conversely, if I am bullish on GN ARMs I need to make sure I am not the 110Z offer, lest I get lifted at the cheapest level of the day.




1-Click Access To Gse Arm Data

Feb. 17, 2011

Click on any non-TBA pool number for any Freddie or Fannie pool to be redirected to the GSE web page (PoolTalk or PC Security Lookup) with more complete data on the pool. Such data as geographics, originator info, purchase/refi mix, and many others are readily available.


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