Watchlist Activity: its purpose

An Introduction to Watchlist

This activity can be used to create a customized list of documents you want to monitor, to see when the data in them is updated or is scheduled to be updated.

Create your list by adding Macrobond documents and selecting the series you want to keep track of.

These items will then be displayed as a list - or agenda – sorted by the last change or next release.

Benefits of the Watchlist

  • Create a customized list of documents, containing series that you wish to monitor.
  • Access a customized agenda, informing you when the data in your documents is updated or is scheduled to be updated.
  • You’re one click away from the related resources associated with each item, such as Macrobond documents, Excel, PowerPoint or Word files.
  • Define actions, such as notifications or execution of programs, when data is updated.
  • See the Watchlist items for the corresponding releases in the Release activity.

Watchlist Primer

The Primer helps you to start populating your Watchlist, by adding documents we have prepared for some of the main indicators of major economies.

  1. Go to the Items tab.
  2. If you have not yet saved anything to that account, a link will appear to access the Watchlist primer.
    If the link does not appear you can access the the Watchlist primer via the file menu.
  3. Choose the countries and variables you want to monitor.

Adding & Creating Watchlist Items

You can also create your own Watchlist Items, using documents you or your colleagues have built.

Click on the "New watchlist item" in the file menu, or use Ctrl+N to select a document.

In the “Add document to Watchlist” window, do the following:

  1. Select the account you want to save the item in
  2. Choose a name for the Item
  3. Add comments if needed
  4. Select which of the document series you want to monitor for changes

You can edit any of this information in the future if needed.

Note: Watchlist Items stored under Department or Company accounts are visible to your colleagues that have access to these accounts. When creating the item, the application will check the following rule: “if you save a file to a shared account, the original Macrobond document used to create the Item has to be stored in a shared account too, so that the other users are able to access the files”. If it is not the case, you won’t be able to create the Item: the “OK” box will be greyed out.

Related Resources

When creating a Watchlist Item, you can also add "Related Resources" which creates a shortcut to these resources in the Watchlist item. This allows you to quickly access any document related to the item you are tracking, if, for example, you need to make changes after the data has been updated.

The can add Macrobond documents or any other file format, as well as URLs, or a node in the Macrobond database. You can add as many related resources as needed. These files can be accessed by the shortcuts under that heading.

Actions when updated

When you edit a Watchlist item, you have the option of setting actions to be taken when the monitored time series are updated. You can select to get notifications or execute a program or script on your computer.

View last changes and next releases

In the Overview tab you’ll see a list of items, sorted by ‘last change’ or ‘next release’, based on the series you are monitoring on each document. Click on the header of each column to change the order.

Releases which are the closest to the current date are highlighted with bold text.

Organize series into folders

In the Items tab you can organize your Watchlist Items into folders. Create a folder and then drag and drop the item from the list.

Display additional information

When you click on a monitored item, you’ll see an up-to-date version of the chart you are monitoring. You’ll see the account name, comments, a shortcut to access the Macrobond document, as well as the related resources.

You can also see the list of the series in the document and which of them are being monitored.

Additional columns, such as COP %, can be added to this list by right clicking on one of the column headers and selecting a new column type from the list.

You can edit the Watchlist Item if you need to make any changes by clicking this icon:

See Watchlist items in the Release activity

Watchlist items are also displayed relative to the corresponding releases in the Release Activity. Click on it to open it in Watchlist.