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2011-01-11App features

New version of Macrobond released (1.1.100)

Macrobond has today released a new version of its research solution - the Macrobond application.
Macrobond kicks off 2011 by releasing a new version of the Macrobond Application with a lot of new content and functionality. The next release is planned to be released in Q2 2011.

The new version can be installed directly in Macrobond by clicking the yellow line that appears on the screen or by going to Help > Check for Update. A description of how to upgrade if you need help from the IT-department is given here. Simply click Upgrade for further instructions.


Selection of new functionality

Subtitles

You may now include a subtitle below the main title.

The margin between the titles can now be customised.

Open-hi-lo-close and Candlestick graphs

There are two new graph types called Open-hi-lo-close and Candlestick.

The Open-hi-lo-close graph requires three series (high, low and close) or four series (open, high, low and close). The Candlestick graph always needs four series (open, high, low and close).

When you have selected a company or security in the Browse or Search activity, you will find Actions that will show charts using these graph types.




Automatic color for Fill range

You can now predefine the colour to be used in the Fill range feature via the Style Sheet tab.


Borders for columns in Column graphs

You can specify a border to be drawn around each column in a Column graph.


Settings for the graph area border

There is a new setting that controls on what side the graph area border is drawn. You can also set the border width to None if no border should be drawn.


Time series details in the Search activity

In the Search activity, there are now columns with information about the Source, Frequency and Start Date for time series.


Filter based on frequency and discontinued series

By pressing the Filter button you get access to the filter settings where you can filter based on frequency and select whether discontinued series should be included.


New frequency conversion options

You can now separately select what frequency conversion method to use when converting to a higher or lower frequency. There are also some new methods for converting to a higher frequency: Pulse, Linear interpolation, Cubic interpolation and Quadratic distribution.


Send as e-mail

On the File menu you will find the "Send as e-mail" command, which allows you to send the current Macrobond document as an attachment in an e-mail.

Additional chart image export format: EMF

In addition to PNG you can now export charts using the EMF (Enhanced Metafile) format by using the тАЬExport imageтАЭ command on the File menu. This can be useful if you want to store high quality images of charts that can later be inserted into Office documents.

Selection of data added recently

World Bank

Macrobond has added the World Development Indicators (WDI) and Global Development Finance (GDF) databases from the World Bank.

WDI is the primary World Bank database for development data from officially-recognized international sources. It presents the most current and accurate global development data available, and includes national, regional and global estimates.
FrequencyAnnual
CoverageDeveloping and high-income economies
Number of economies 213
Start date 1960
Update schedule Twice a year in April and September

GDF provides external debt and financial flows statistics for countries that report public and publicly-guaranteed debt under the World Bank's Debtor Reporting System (DRS). GDF focuses on financial flows, trends in external debt, and other major financial indicators for developing countries.

FrequencyAnnual
CoverageDeveloping economies
Number of economies 128
Start date 1970
Update schedule Annual in January

The World Bank databases can be found directly in the World Bank data view and are included in MacrobondтАЩs core product offering.

The Economist Poll of Forecasters

The Economist Poll of Forecasters has been added to the Macrobond Application. The Economist polls a group of forecasters and averages their predictions for economic growth and current-account balances.

The Economist Poll of Forecasters is found in the Macrobond application in the Economics view under the Forecasts category.

Suez Canal Traffic Statistics

Monthly Number & Net Ton by Ship Type, Direction & Ship Status sourced from Suez Canal Authority.

The statistics is found in the Macrobond application under Economics - by country > Egypt > Transport & Communications

European Commission (DG ECFIN) Quarterly Surveys

Macrobond has extended its coverage of its Business & Consumer Surveys from DG ECFIN by now including the quarterly surveys.

The Survey is found in the Macrobond application in the Economics view under the Surveys category for each country.


Euro Growth Indicator

The purpose of this leading indicator is to anticipate the development of the GDP in the euro area two quarters ahead of official statistics. The indicator considers surveys from industry and retail sectors, the short term real interest rate (in relation to the GDP growth rate), the real exchange rate of the euro to the dollar and the US ISM index for industry. The indicator is calculated by the Observatoire Francais des Conjonctures Economiques (OFCE, Paris) in cooperation with the EUROFRAME group.

The Indicator is found in the Macrobond application in the Economics view under the Leading Indicator Category for Euro Area.

Norway- Expectations Barometer

Macrobond has extended its coverage of consumer surveys for Norway. The survey is sourced from Finansnaeringens Fellesorganisasjon and TNS Gallup and include the complete Expectations Barometer. The data is available under Economics - by country major > Norway > Surveys > Consumer Surveys > Finance Norway > Expectations Barometer.


The AAII Asset Allocation Survey

The AAII Asset Allocation Survey polls members monthly on-line on their current holdings among five asset categories. The data is available under Economics - by country major > United States > Surveys > Investor Surveys > AAII > Individual Investor Asset Allocation Survey.