Fixed Rate Specifieds

Aug. 27, 2013

We are pleased to announce we've added fixed rate specified offerings to our product. At this point, we cover every Structured Products sub-sector for US, UK, and EU.

Below is a walk-through of this new functionality. Most of the example screenshots are rather dense with information, but they are click-able so you can zoom in for a better look.

Sample Screenshot (choose an offering date to get started)
main view of Agency Specified Offerings

Filters You can choose to filter on a value range (such as the WALA search below)
How to filter offers on WALA range

Or you can filter by value (example below shows FICO story bonds)
filter offers on FICO score

All results are sortable and you can choose which columns to display
choose which columns to display

More Enhancements
Soon, we'll be linking the new TRACE SPDS feed with actual inventories and BWIC trade color. To the dismay of some and relief of others, the RDID to cusip mapping is not a one to one affair. Despite this, given the large amount data we collect and trade size reporting, we'll be able to pinpoint actual trades and prices in many cases and remove much of the unnecessary obfuscation cased by the RDID system.

Popular BWICs

May 23, 2013

Empirasign Clients can now easily keep track of where the action is with our Popular BWICs page. You can navigate there by selecting Popular BWICs under ListMetrics on the Top Nav Bar. Or you can head there directly by following this link:

Sample Sceenshot
screenshot of recent popular BWICs

The page conveys the same basic information as any of our sector home pages with the addition of a Pop Score field. The most often viewed BWIC is set to 100 and all other BWIC page activity levels are expressed as a fraction thereof.

Coming as no surprise to many, the big Fannie CMBS sale and Lloyds Picard liquidation take the two top positions in the above example from Wednesday, May 22.

Coming Soon: You'll be able to see the most watched BWICs over different time frames (e.g 1 week, 1 month, etc.) The current default time frame is the last three business days.

Keep up with Empirasign in the Media:
Lloyds Said to Plan $8.7 Billion Sale of U.S. Mortgage Bonds, 5/23, Bloomberg News
Big RMBS Sale Tests Steamy Market, 5/22, WSJ Blogs
Mortgage Bond Poised to Set a Dubious First, 5/17, Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Offer Alerts

April 25, 2013

Empirasign user portfolios have long linked to both our BWIC Alerts and Daily Recaps services. We are proud to announce we have extended our Alerts service to Dealer Inventory Offerings as well.

How it works: After each upload of daily offerings, we run a matching program that searches for matches between the most recent batch of offerings and the bonds a user has stored in his or her portfolio. Whenever a match or matches are found, an email is composed and sent to your Bloomberg or corporate email address. You don't need to be logged into Empirasign to receive these alerts.

Sample Offering Alert
bonds in your portfolio that are being offered right now

Get started by adding bonds to your portfolio. It's as simple as cutting and pasting a column of cusips or ISINs from Excel. Both the number of bonds you can store and the number of sub-portfolios you can set up are unbounded.

sample portfolio screenshot portfolio showing recent bwic and offering activity

Portfolios now seamlessly handle all US and EU-based structured product. i.e. ISINs are recognized as identifiers and matched by our various alerts systems.

Your portfolio can be found here:

Improved Excel Presentation

March 25, 2013

A new version our Excel downloader is now available. The core functionality remains the same, but a few pesky presentation issues have been resolved.

Prices vs Dates: 12-04 is an entirely valid price for a derivative, but Excel will almost always convert this to the date 12/04/13. Based on a data extraction's header row, our downloader now pre-sets text columns to Text and number columns to General so this problem no longer occurs. Excel VBA masochists are free to read more on choosing different data types for each column when peforming a TextToColumns operation here.

Variable Column Widths: Columns widths are now AutoFit so the contents of all columns can be easily read while minimizing screen space used. Thank you Sam, whose suggestion lead to this change.

To download the latest version of the spreadsheet, head on over to our MBS API Product Page:

To get set up with an API Free Trial ID, please email us at:

Empirasign Direct

March 14, 2013

Has the Market Data budgeting and procurement process got you down? Do you feel like you could trace early man's journey from the Rift Valley to Patagonia quicker than it takes to get a piece of software installed at work?

If so, you'll be happy to hear you can now do an end run around the bureaucracy with Empirasign direct to consumer contracting and billing. Enjoy the benefits of Empirasign without the headache of dealing with budgeting, procurement, legal and the umpteen other people who must sign off on what is effectively a minor expense.

Benefits of Direct to Consumer Billing and Contracting:
  • Simple contract that is immediately cancelable if your organization later signs a contract for the service.
  • Credit card billing--no checks to write.
  • Web license is $500/month.
  • The fees you pay to Empirasign are tax deductible as an Unreimbursed Employee Expense.
For a more extensive discussion on Unreimbursed Employee Expenses please consult the following links:

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