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PowerPlus Pro Study Guide

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PPPro Introduction – Study Guide

Table of Contents:
Objectives...................................................................................... 3 Ex.1 – Drag and Drop (RtGet) ........................................................... 4 Ex.2 – Real-Time Speedlist ............................................................... 6 Ex.3 – Real-Time Speed Snap ........................................................... 8 Ex.4 – Real-Time Chain Assistant ...................................................... 9 Ex.5 – Real-Time Quotes Assistant ...................................................16 Exercise Answers ...........................................................................20

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RtChain. Use the 3 main real-time functions in PPPro: RtGet. and Reuters Assistants. This study guide is to be used along side the Power Plus Pro e learning modules 1-5. The answers to the questions can be found at the back of the Study Guide. right click functionality. GSSO Learning 3 . RtUpdate. Identify how cell referencing works within each of these functions.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Objectives Demonstrate the 3 main ways of bringing data into Power Plus Pro (PPPro): Drag and drop.

Note that the whole row of data has been dropped into PPPro.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide In these exercises when the chevrons < > are used this indicates a RIC is within the chevrons. This shows FRA and Swap data from the broker ICAP for GBP. The function =RtGet is what PPPro uses to retrieve real-time data. (ii) the RIC or Page code. You should get an output like that below. and (iii) the Field (for logical records) or Row (for pages). not a logical record. Ex.1 – Drag and Drop (RtGet) Call up a quote object and insert the page code <ICAPGBP>. This is because <ICAPGBP> is a page. The components of the function are (i) the Source. Drag and drop the 1X4 Bid or Offer rate from the Quote Object to PPPro. not the chevrons. In the exercises input the RIC only. GSSO Learning 4 .

but then click the icon again to turn the ‘Select Area’ functionality off. but a new function. now defines the part of the row to be displayed. You will need to click the icon to highlight the area. GSSO Learning 5 . This is a logical record of the same FRA data from ICAP. The area you have highlighted should stay in place. and this area can then be drag-and-dropped into PPPro. Note that the embedded function is the same as before. =AdConvert.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Now try using the ‘Select Area’ icon on the Quote Object to select the piece of data that you wish to extract. Insert the RIC <GBPFRA=ICAP> into a Quote Object. This is a way of extracting parts of page-based data into PPPro. Now drag and drop the same piece of data as before into PPPro.

as does the Field SECOND ACTIVY 1 – for this instrument it is the Offer price. and the Fields BID and ASK into cells A3 and A4 respectively. Right click and select Real-Time Speed List. and how does it work? GSSO Learning 6 . this time the RIC <GBP1X4F=ICAP> comes into the function. What function do you get.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide The function you get is also =RtGet but although the Source is the same.2 – Real-Time Speedlist Insert the RIC <EUR=> into cell B2. Ex. Try drag-and-dropping some more real-time data from Kobra into PPPro.

There needs to be a space all the way around the proposed table. The column to the right of this empty column is then referenced for the RIC codes. Each updating cell has the same function in. so that incorrect RICs or Field names are not referenced.MIND THE GAP! GSSO Learning 7 . Care should be taken when using the right-click functionality. The same happens for the Field names –the referenced row for Field names is the one below the empty row going upwards from the original cell. The search for reference RICs goes left from the cell where the right-click is activated until an empty column is hit. REMEMBER . This allows more flexibility to the end user. again selecting Real-Time Speed List. Change the RIC code to GBP= The data changes to reflect the new instrument.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide The function returned should again be =RtGet but this time instead of looking for hard-coded RICs and Field names in the arguments the function uses cell referencing of the RICs to the left and the Field names above to retrieve the data. each referencing the RICs to the left and the Field names at the top of the table. Add a number of extra currency RICs in column B then repeat the rightclick functionality.

PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Ex. and where does it sit? This function sits outside of the data delivery area and allows retrieval of multiple instruments with multiple fields using a single connection to IDN. this time select Real-Time Speed Snap. It is only a snapshot of the real-time data. Use the right-click functionality. What happens to the Snapped timestamp? GSSO Learning 8 . Now try to ‘Refresh Snap’.3 – Real-Time Speed Snap Now delete all of the data in the updating cells. What function do you now get. but this can be updated by clicking the ‘Refresh Snap’ icon on the PPPro toolbar – Widen the column with the function in to see when the Snap was taken.

FTBNK> and hitting F3.4 – Real-Time Chain Assistant The next exercise looks at retrieving real-time data for a chain. or by typing in the RIC root <. In PPPro open a new worksheet.FTBNK>. which can be seen in a Quote Object by typing in the full RIC and hitting Enter. A simple chain to view would be the constituents of the banking sector in London. for instance the constituents of a stock market index. However.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Ex. GSSO Learning 9 . Chain is Reuters terminology for a set of linked instruments. From the Reuters drop-down menu select Assistants > Real-Time Chain. The chain for this sector is <0#. within PPPro there is an Assistant which allows a user to bring in the data directly without first having to go into Kobra. or the Select Area functionality could be used. An Assistant takes a user through the steps required to bring in the data. To take this set of data into PPPro each RIC and Field could be drag-anddropped separately.

Use the single chevron button to move the selected field to the right hand side. In the screen shot below the fields selected are from Common Realtime Fields > Prices folder. Step 2 – select the Fields required.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide There are 3 steps to all the Assistants in PPPro.FTBNK> and click the Add button. GSSO Learning 10 . 1 – Select the RICs you wish to use 2 – Select the Fields you require 3 – Chose how you wish the data to be displayed Step 1 – input the RIC <. When happy with the selected fields click the Next button. Then click the Next button at the bottom of the Assistant.

minute(s) or hour(s). Click on the Finish button to see the final output. DAX. GSSO Learning 11 . This relates to the pieces of data in the chain. of Rows field to the bottom right. Step 3 – define how the data should be returned. Select an appropriate update frequency for the instruments. Formatting options are in the top right hand corner. or as a once-off Snap. Click on the Next button to go to the final step. Note the No. the number of which the Assistant cannot pick up. There are 9 stocks in the London banking sector so 10 rows is fine but this would not be enough to return the constituents of the CAC. For this Assistant it is necessary to specify when the data updates – a Frequency of X second(s). Dow etc.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Step 2a – this step does not appear for every Assistant.

FTBNK> Click into the cell below the RIC. What is the function in this cell? Click on the icon (Insert Function) on the toolbar to see the arguments associated with this function. GSSO Learning 12 . The top left cell of the data returned holds the chain RIC <.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide The returned table should look similar to the screen shot below.

Try to work out what the various parts of the function are doing: Source Alias Instrument Code Destination Cell RtMode Close the Function Arguments pop-up and then click into the cell immediately below the =RtChain function.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Notice that every argument except the first uses cell referencing to find which data to return. What is the function in this cell? Have you seen this function previously? GSSO Learning 13 . This makes it easier for the user to amend what they wish to return because they can change details on the spreadsheet without having to go into the function every time.

PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Click on the icon to see the arguments associated with the function. Use the scrollbar to the right to see the final argument (RtMode). Try to work out what the various parts of the function are doing: Source Alias Instrument Array Field Name Array GSSO Learning 14 . Notice that this is the only part of the function that is hard coded – the rest of the arguments again use cell referencing.

HINT – look at the RtMode part of the arguments. GSSO Learning 15 . If this earlier function is still available try to spot the differences between the two =RtUpdate functions that have been returned.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Destination Cell RtMode How does the FRQ:5S part of the RtMode argument affect the function? The =RtUpdate function that has come in with the Real-Time Chain Assistant is similar to the right-click Real-Time Speed Snap used earlier.

Click on Reuters > Assistants > Real-Time Quotes. Step 1 – select the instruments.5 – Real-Time Quotes Assistant This exercise demonstrates how to bring in real-time data for a number of instruments using the Real-Time Quotes Assistant. GSSO Learning 16 . This could be from an existing portfolio or a new set of instruments the user wishes to get real-time data for. As with all the Reuters Assistants. Remember that you may need to know the field names as well if looking at bonds or FX and money instruments. there are 3 steps to go through.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Ex. The screen shot shows motor manufacturers in the instrument list but use whatever instruments you wish.

This can be done under the Fields by Category or All Fields tabs. Again. Have a look at both to see what the differences are.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide How is it possible to make the list into an easily accessible ‘Favourites’ list? When all the instruments have been selected click the Next button. GSSO Learning 17 . Step 2 – select the appropriate Fields for these instruments. if these fields are going to be used often then it may be worth saving them as Favourites. Click Next once all required Fields are selected. then add some fields.

Click Finish. In the Update Mode area click between Streaming. Is the data live and updating? GSSO Learning 18 . Click on Streaming (RtGet) and then Next. The result should be similar to the screen shot below.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Step 2a – as with the Real-Time Chain Assistant there is an extra step where the user specifies the type and frequency of data updates. In this case everything can be left as per the defaults. Step 3 – formatting the output. Frequency and Snap to see what the different options are.

Please review your answers to the questions on the following page. GSSO Learning 19 .PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Where are the functions sitting? What function is being used? What does it cell reference in its arguments? You have now completed the study guide.

and where does it sit? The function RtUpdate is returned. etc.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Exercise Answers Ex. 3 What function do you now get. 4 What is the function in this cell? The function RtChain is used to return the constituents of the chain. sitting to the top left of the table. and how does it work? The function is RtGet. whether the chain is live. 2 What function do you get. Destination Cell Top cell of the returned data RtMode Extra details – how many rows to return. Ex. What is the function in this cell? Have you seen this function previously? RtUpdate – same as from right click Real-Time Speed Snap. It sits outside the table and pushes the data into the area as an array where the top left cell of the array is the Destination Cell in the Function Argument. GSSO Learning 20 . and it cell references the RIC to the left and the Field name above to return the real-time data. Ex. Source Alias IDN – the feed to take the data from Instrument Code The chain RIC. What happens to the Snapped timestamp? It should change to the time of the Snap refresh – the PC clock time.

Ex. How does the FRQ:5S part of the RtMode argument affect the function? This is from step 2a of the Assistant and is the frequency of updates in seconds for this particular function. GSSO Learning 21 . Spot the differences between the two =RtUpdate functions that have been returned. What function is being used? What does it cell reference in its arguments? RtGet. etc. The main difference is that in the earlier example of Real-Time Speed Snap there is the keyword UPDATE:SNAP in the RtMode argument. and updates stopped. 5 How is it possible to make the list into an easily accessible ‘Favourites’ list? Use the button at the bottom of the selected list to create a new list.PPPro Introduction – Study Guide Source Alias IDN – as before Instrument Array Set of RICs to get data for Field Name Array Set of fields required for those RICs Destination Cell Top left cell of returned data array RtMode Extra details – such as frequency of update. References RICs to the left and Field names to the top of the table. Is the data live and updating? Yes Where are the functions sitting? Within cell – they return the data into themselves. layout.