Largest Sector HoldersMarch 16, 2021
Supercharge your prospecting efforts with our new Largest Sector Holders search tool. This tool aggregates and ranks the market value of each fund's portfolio holdings based on our daily-updated N-PORT Filings database, allowing users to instantly view the most significant players in each market sector. Simply choose one or more asset sub-sector(s), select a vintage (Pre-Crisis, Post-Crisis, or All), and hit Submit.
The search results table can be sorted by any column (Fund Company, Fund Name, Value Date, Number of Positions, or Market Value). Select the row for a fund in the search results table to view all of a fund's most recent positions for the queried sub-sector(s). Search results (at the sector and fund level) can be exported to a filters-enabled Excel spreadsheet by clicking its eponymous icon.
An unrestricted view of a fund's holdings can be viewed by clicking the name of the fund on the sub-sector positions page. These Fund Holdings Search results will include:
- Complete current and historical portfolio holding records.
- Directors and officers for the fund company.*
- Registered representatives for the advisers of the fund.*
- All pricing services used by the fund.*
- A visualization of how the fund's assets are allocated across sectors according to their current report, as well as previous filings.
- Accession Numbers hyperlinked to the original form N-PORT and N-CEN filings on the SEC EDGAR website.*
*Derived from Form N-CEN filings. See our blog post on how we link bonds to people here.
Example of Excel Auto Filters Export for a Fund's ABS Cards Holdings*
Linking Bonds to PeopleJan. 26, 2021
Our latest integration links data from the SEC's EDGAR database (securities) and FINRA (people). This allows Empirasign users to connect a bond's trade history to the registered representatives controlling the investment decisions of funds with current or previous positions in that bond.
All US-registered investment companies (Mutual Funds and ETFs) use Form N-CEN to report basic registrant and series-level information to the SEC on a yearly basis. These filings disclose a fund's directors, officers, advisers/sub-advisers, auditors, pricing services used, and various other information. While these reports are publicly available on the SEC EDGAR website, one must perform several steps of data integration and normalization to locate the relevant information for specific funds. For example, no information about the people (PMs and analysts) who work for a fund's adviser(s) is revealed in this report.
By regularly spidering these reports and joining fund information with CRD data from FINRA, Empirasign takes care of all the heavy lifting - allowing users to instantly view the registered reps for the advisers/sub-advisers of funds with current or previous positions in any bond searched via our web app. Simply navigate to the tab labeled "Registered Reps records" on any bond trade history page.
Links to the profile of each registered rep can be found by clicking on "External Links" under the "Rep Profile" column. Users have the option to view the representative's BrokerCheck profile, Bloomberg Bio (via B-Links), or search results from LinkedIn, Google or Bing. (More options for External Links are coming soon.)
Users can also view this information by searching a Registrant or Fund Name on our Fund Holdings Search Page. Results include:
- Directors and officers for the fund ("Fund Officers records" tab).
- Pricing services used by the fund ("Pricing Cos. records" tab).
- All current and previous positions held by the fund ("Holdings records" tab).
- A visualization of how the fund's assets are allocated across sectors ("Asset Allocation Chart" tab)
- Accession Numbers linked to the original form N-PORT P and N-CEN filings on the SEC EDGAR website ("Filings records" tab).
Form N-CEN filings are part of the SEC's efforts to modernize investment company reporting, with a particular emphasis on the need for transparency among ETFs and securities lending. More information on Form N-CEN, Form N-PORT and other facets of these efforts can be found here. FAQs about N-CEN filings can be found here. A reference copy of this form can be found here.
NAIC Transaction HistoryDec. 10, 2020
Our latest third-party data integration gives Empirasign users detailed insight into the market activity of insurance companies. Users can now view the Insurance Company primary and secondary fixed income transaction history as reported via NAIC Schedule D (Parts 3 and 4). The data reported includes transaction date, counterparty, and price. Other events reported in these filings such as calls, redemptions, defaults, and in-kind transfers are filtered out.
This data is also featured in Price History charts available for every bond, located under the 'Price Chart' tab on trade history pages. All currently available data sets are plotted on these charts (BWIC data, runs data, N-PORT filings and NAIC filings). Click the PNG icon to export these charts for easy sharing of validated and unbiased market data with colleagues and clients.
New API EndpointsNov. 19, 2020
Querying for the market data you need is now easier than ever.
All Bonds Endpoint
Via this endpoint, you can retrieve a comprehensive list of all the bonds which had market data events for a given day. This list is further enriched with market sector information so you can quickly winnow down the list to the sectors you care about without further joins or cross-referencing. The All Bonds endpoint is considered metdata, and is costless from a quota perspective. This query is ideally suited to ensure your local data store is up-to-date at the end of every business day.
Deal Classes Endpoint
Send along a Bloomberg Ticker, CUSIP, ISIN or deal series name to this endpoint, and it will return a list of all the identifiers for the relevant bond series. You can then query the entire deal by passing along these identifiers to our bonds API endpoint. For your convenience, both of these queries have been linked together on the demo spreadsheet (see link below). Like the All Bonds endpoint, the Deal Class endpoint is costless from a quota perspective.
View our updated API docs and download the demo spreadsheet: empirasign.com/api-mbs
Automatic Alerts via SlackOct. 29, 2020
In addition to email, desktop, and text notifications, you can now receive automatc Portfolio Watch List and BWIC alerts via Slack.
Alerts, by their very nature, are ephemeral. As such, it makes more sense to have them hit a chat system or a notification pop-up, rather than adding to a perpetually overwhelmed inbox.
Empirasign Automatic Alerts System
With Portfolio BWIC/Offer alerts, you receive notifications any time a bond stored in your Portfolio appears on a BWIC or Dealer Run. Every alert shows recent trade color, price talk, dealer runs data, and now also recent holdings information from our N-PORT database - including fund company name, value date, principal amount, and valuation price. Use our BWIC Watcher tool to receive alerts whenever Empirasign updates a "watched" BWIC with additional price talk or trade color.
How to Install Empirasign Alerts in Slack
It takes only a few minutes to install our Slack alerts app via the following four steps:
1. Ensure you have a Slack channel ready to start receiving alerts. You can create a new channel by opening Slack, clicking the plus sign next to 'Channels' on the app's menu, and selecting 'Create a channel'.
2. Log in to the Empirasign web app and navigate to the My Alerts & Recaps page under the 'My Portfolio' tab. Click the 'Add to Slack' button located in the top right-hand corner of the page.
3. Sign in to Slack in to Slack with your workspace's URL. You will then see the following message: 'Empirasign Alerts is requesting permission to access the [Your Company] Slack workspace. Where should Empirasign Alerts post?'
Select the channel where you would like your alerts to appear from the drop-down menu, then click 'Allow'. You will then automatically get returned to your Empirasign My Alerts & Recaps page.
4. Finally, opt-in to these alerts by toggling your 'BWICs & Offers (Slack)' settings at the top of the My Alerts & Recaps page to 'On'.
A Word on Permissions
To enable Empirasign Alerts via Slack, we only require the minimal set of permissions to operate. Our Alerts app is permissioned with write-only access solely to the Slack channel you specify. Furthermore, we have no read access nor any ability to change any of your Slack settings.
Other Chat Systems
Integrations for Microsoft Teams and Google Chat will also soon be available. If your shop uses another system, please have your IT administrator reach out to us to discuss your organization's needs.