Topic filters allow you to refine your newsfeed and email alerts to display just the news that you want to see for your companies.
There are two main reasons to apply topic filters:
- Your companies are frequently in the news and many of the articles are not of interest to you;
- You are only interested in specific topics within each of your watchlists.
By default, the three watchlists you start with and any new watchlists will have some topics applied, e.g. Financials, Hot Topics, Other Topics, and Roles. These are broad categories which are intended to pick up a wide range of news, whilst filtering out articles which are of low business relevance.
To apply topic filters:
Click on one of your watchlists and go to their News tab.
At the top of the news feed, click on the Watchlist filters section, then click the Edit filters button:
This will open a pop-up box containing all of the topic filters available: tick the boxes next to the topics you are interested in:
You can click on the arrow next to each topic to drill down to more specific sub-topics.
New: You can also use the Search box to find topics. Type in a keyword which matches the type of stories you are interested in and this search box will point you towards the most appropriate topics we have available.
The topic filters that you have in each watchlist will affect all the companies within that watchlist. If you want some really specific filters for one particular company, we would advise moving that company to its own watchlist and apply the filters there. This will allow you to receive filtered news for that company while ensuring that you do not miss relevant news for the rest.
If you find you’re receiving too many alerts each day, you may wish to tighten your filters to concentrate on what matters most to you. The opposite applies if you’re not getting enough alerts – simply loosen the topic filters or remove them altogether. This is often the best idea for companies that are small and don’t regularly appear in the news.
While viewing a company or watchlist's news feed, clicking on the Topic Cloud tab will show the topics which the articles have matched. The larger, bolder text on certain topics indicates that this topic has been matched more frequently than others.