News, data and analysis on the global primary – and secondary – loan markets
LoanConnector is Thomson Reuters LPC's one-stop online solution for the global primary — and now — secondary loan markets. It provides users with instant market intelligence and access to a wide suite of online news, data and analysis, including late-breaking news, forward deal calendars, pricing grids, historical data, industry analysis and much more, empowering you with the information you need to work more effectively and efficiently.
Continue reading to get to know the new LoanConnector.
Choose from more than 100 search criteria to build your LoanConnector home page
LoanConnector's framework is built around what we refer to as landing pages. When you first log on, you will be taken to a landing page based on your pre-determined geographic location and a "market overall" setting. From there, you can begin modifying and customizing LoanConnector. To get a good feel for LoanConnector's content and navigation, start by reviewing your landing page options.
From the Market Monitor menu item, you can navigate through more than 100 search criteria used to build your landing page. Begin by selecting the region you are interested in, then drill down using the large number of industry and segment drop-down items. From here you can get a very good idea as to the breadth of content and the intuitive functionality offered by LoanConnector.
The top source for comprehensive historical deal information on the global loan markets
DealScan — a long-standing and trusted part of LoanConnector — is the world's number one source for comprehensive, reliable historical deal information on the global loan markets. Now DealScan is more intuitive, more user friendly, and much more powerful, featuring nearly 200 search fields.
Navigating DealScan is easy: The default screen is populated with headers that contain possible search items. Click "Collapse All" to see the full headers available, then expand each header as needed to expose and select the fields you want. Conversely, you can click "more fields" to expose the same customization fields in a pop-up window and make your selections from there. Selections are reflected in search fields on DealScan main page. Once fields are set, they remain until you change them.
Users are encouraged to do broad-based searches in DealScan. After entering criteria in search fields, select your report type and currency, then run report. When the details are returned, you will notice that DealScan has further broken down your results in fields on the left hand side. Navigate through these results to further drill down; after you select, click refresh and a new, refined search takes place. You can then scroll through to view the highlights of the tranche. You can also alter the report type by using the drop-down menu. Other options available include Chart (further customizable within the tool; the chart that's generated can be exported), Custom Report, Detailed Report, League Table Report, Bank Inventory Report and Totals and Averages Report.
Personlized data delivery & custom secondary portfolios
The MyLPC function in LoanConnector offers two additional customization tools; one from the legacy LoanConnector platform — MyLPC Alerts — and one from the retired SMi platform — My Watchlist.
My Watchlist enables users to isolate both secondary and primary loan tranches inside of LoanConnector, add them a watchlist, and then see updated prices each day — based on previous end-of-day pricing. Anywhere you see a check box next to a loan in LoanConnector (for example, on a company page or within the facilities tab on any landing page), that loan can be added to your Watchlist.
Layout within My Watchlist is similar to that of the landing pages in LoanConnector, with the left-hand menu showing data based on the loans in your watchlist (Watchlist performance, ratings, data bank, Secondary Bid Highlights). Like the other landing pages on LoanConnector, there are a series of tabs through which you can navigate:
My LPC Alerts, a function of our legacy LoanConnector platform, this feature allows users to set up e-mail alerts which they will receive on a daily basis:
Customizable secondary loan pricing data at your fingertips
Another imported function brought to LoanConnector from our retired SMi platform, iQuery charts secondary loans to find price history. The default view charts the SMi 100 and the LPC Top 40 Leveraged benchmarks for the statistic "average bid." From there you can begin customizing:
Powerful primary and secondary loan market analysis
The new LoanConnector continues to offer all the loan market analytics that placed Thomson Reuters LPC on the map. Under each region in the Market Monitor menu, you'll find the Analytics section. From this menu, you have access directly to all of LoanConnector's primary and secondary market analytics. Broken down by market segment, analytics on offer include calendars, pricing grids, historical data, relative value, current bids, league tables, weekly features and more, all just a click away.
On each individual analytic page, you'll find buttons across the top right. Here you can quickly print the page, access archives where available for that specific analytic or download the data in an excel file.
Depth of Content
Explore news headlines, company details, secondary, ratings, facilities and more
Along the top of the main section of your LoanConnector landing page – off to the right – you will see a series of tabs which help you find the specific information you may be seeking: News, Secondary Highlights, Databank, Ratings, and Facilities. The default view is the News stab.
Multiple quick search tools & thorough advanced search capacity
The top navigation bar search in LoanConnector is fast and intuitive. There are three options for searching: search by Company, by Keyword, or by LIN/CUSIP. Start by clicking the drop-down arrow on the search box to choose one of these search criteria, then begin typing. The box auto fills as you type, narrowing your search. When you reach your desired search item, click the magnifying glass next to the box to perform the search. A successful company search will take you to that company's page; a successful keyword search will display documents pertaining to that keyword in the main frame, with filters on the left to narrow your search; a successful LIN/CUSIP search will display the loan and enable you to click for more details.
Advanced search is a powerful tool, used to make searches as focused and specific as possible. A comprehensive list of criteria covering dates, geography, industry, deal specifics and more can be selected to perform incredibly targeted searches. Advanced Search criteria can be saved and used again.