Paydown Charts Are Confusing, Here’s How We Made Ours Better

Chart generated using MATLAB
This is wrong, and how most people would read this.
This is right, but hard to do.
Source: Bloomberg L.P.
  1. a principal + interest payment was received (P&I)
  2. an interest payment received (Interest)
  3. there was an interest shortfall (Int. Shortfall)
  4. there was a loss (Losses)
  1. It took me a awfully long time to stop reading this a quantity comparision. It looks too much like a stacked bar chart.
  2. It fails to represent each time period as a discrete object.
dv01’s paydown viz, featured on the Deal Detail page of the Securitization Explorer. This particular view is a mockup that uses entirely made-up data.
The dropdown on the top right lets our users choose between a few different OM Scenarios.
Mockup of dv01’s Securitization Cashflow Engine’s results page. Again, the data in here is completely made-up.

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Lisa Mahapatra

Lisa Mahapatra

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Design & #DataViz at @Uber. Cats, capitalism, charts. Estragon supertaster, superhater. Lapsed journalist.