The Wikinvest Blog What goes on behind the scenes at Wikinvest Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:35:06 +0000 en Wikinvest Gets Even MORE Mobile Mon, 29 Nov 2010 22:31:37 +0000 akshita We heard you.  You love the idea of tracking all of your portfolios, all in one place, wherever you go. Almost immediately after the release of our iPhone application, we received a flood of requests for an Android and Blackberry portfolio application.  You can now enjoy the same Wikinvest Portfolio experience on both platforms!

Wikinvest Mobile

Just as you could with the Wikinvest Portfolio Manager on the iPhone, these two apps allow you to access all of your accounts at 60+ brokerages on one screen, get the latest quotes for your investments, and read company and market news most relevant to you.

Download the free apps for Android and Blackberry today and let us know what you think by rating and reviewing the apps!

Wikinvest Goes Mobile Thu, 26 Aug 2010 18:59:24 +0000 patrick Since we launched our portfolio tracker in June, we’ve been working around the clock to add features and make the improvements you’ve demanded. One of those improvements launches today… You can now take your Wikinvest portfolio with you anywhere with the new Wikinvest Portfolio Manager App for iPhone!  Try it out today.

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The new app gives you the features of our online portfolio tracker and site in the palm of your hand. Just as you can on,  you can see all of your accounts at over 60+ brokerages, all in one screen.  See movers in your portfolio, get the latest quotes, and read up on company and markets news that’s most relevant to you.  Find your next investment by researching company analysis written by the community, fundamentals data with competitor comparisons, and more.

Tracking over $3 billion (and counting) in investor assets, the Wikinvest portfolio tracker has proven a massive hit.  Now, you can literally keep your portfolio in your back pocket wherever you go. Download the free app from iTunes today and let us know what you think by reviewing the app in the iTunes App Store!

Take control of your portfolio on Wikinvest Wed, 02 Jun 2010 21:04:57 +0000 patrick After adding all that data to Wikinvest, we started hearing calls for a portfolio tool suited to Wikinvest users. Well, starting today, you’ll notice a change to the Wikinvest homepage as you can track your existing and future investments with a direct import of your holdings from your brokerage to your Wikinvest portfolio.

See all of your investments in one place

Rather than tracking your actual portfolio at your brokerage, your watchlist on some finance portal, and your 401K at another brokerage, we’ve made it possible to see all of these accounts in one place. Currently, we support bank-level secure synchronization for 25 major U.S. brokerages, including E*Trade, Scottrade, TD Ameritrade, Fidelity, and many more.  We’re constantly adding new brokerages, though, so if we’re missing yours, let us know and we’ll continue to add to the list.

Accounts in one place

Never hit refresh again.  Monitor your portfolio in real-time.

Our new portfolio tool updates prices live on the page without needing a refresh.  The same goes for news associated with your portfolio so go ahead, leave the page open all day on that extra monitor of yours.

Is your brokerage ripping you off?  See what you pay in monthly fees.

Unlike other portfolio tools where you have to manually enter each and every trade and ticker, you can synchronize your Wikinvest portfolio directly with your brokerage accounts.  Not only that, but with this connection, we can show you exactly how you’ve performed against the markets, dividends, interest, and fees included.  Real portfolios have real returns, after all.

Each investor is unique.  Don’t get stuck with default settings.

Better yet, customize your dashboard to show exactly the metrics you care about.  Want to track Book Value per Share, P/E, Volume, and 52 Week Ranges on one screen?  Go for it.  Drag columns into your preferred order.  Next, group your holdings by Market Cap in one view, Industry in the next.  Everyone’s investing style is different, so why limit yourself to someone else’s default dashboard?

Hope you enjoy the new portfolio tracker and be sure to let us know what you think by sending us feedback!

Search through all our data with Bling Mon, 19 Oct 2009 20:18:50 +0000 patrick As we mentioned in our last post, Wikinvest now features lots of new data features and interesting visualizations on our Data Central and Financial Statement (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement) pages.  With all of this new information on Wikinvest, though, we realized we’d need a better way to navigate through it all.

Meet Bling — our new financial metric search engine. Have you ever tried searching the web for GE’s 2004 market cap? Or Bank of America’s Pre-Tax Income trend for the past 5 years?  Maybe you have a presentation and you need to find Sony’s revenue for the past 14 years?  Now, you can use Bling to search for and satisfy any and all of these data needs.

For example, search for “GE 2004 market cap” or “BAC Pre-Tax Income” or “Sony Revenue” and you’ll get the following, respectively:

Note: Bling searches will also work in the standard Wikinvest search bar.

These new data pages show how a particular metric has changed over the past several years and quarters as well as an assessment of whether this is a High, Low, or Average value compared to the rest of the industry.  Using the sidebar, you can jump to another year using the Time Machine or jump to a similar metric page for one of the company’s competitors.  If you want to read more about what a metric means, just use the Dictionary in the right sidebar to find out how it’s used, how it’s calculated, and a few examples of how this information is used.

As usual, all of our charts on these data pages are available for you to embed on your blogs.  Happy searching and feel free to let us know what you think of the new stuff!

Explore more SNE Data on Wikinvest
Oh yeah — check out that data! Sat, 29 Aug 2009 13:21:15 +0000 patrick While TechCrunch and the Wall Street Journal may have mentioned it, it seems that we haven’t.  About a month ago we celebrated our two-year anniversary with an awesome new data and news engine for the site.  Check it out!

Unlike other sites that simply fill your screen up with a thicket of raw numbers, Data Central provides insightful visualizations of a company’s most important metrics. In other words, we don’t just tell you what Google’s P/E is, we show you how it’s P/E, Advertising Revenue, and Market Share stack up to those of Yahoo and Microsoft.

Explore more GOOG Data on Wikinvest

This is data you can’t get anywhere else. And as always, all of our charts are embeddable!  For more information, check out our video introduction to Data Central.

Another new improvement to the site are the newsfeeds you’ll find on nearly any wiki article. Our newsfeed is smart - important stories are determined with a rich relevance engine, and not just with the appearance of a ticker. This means you won’t get bombarded with fifty unrelated stories that don’t deserve your attention.  Try it out on companies like our Exxon Mobil page, but keep in mind you can also use it for interesting concepts such as “unemployment“, “corn“, or the “Federal Reserve.”

Hope you enjoy the new stuff!

Wikinvest nominated for a Webby! Wed, 29 Apr 2009 04:50:27 +0000 patrick Great news. Thanks to you and the rest of the Wikinvest community’s contributions, we’ve just been nominated for a Webby Award for the best Financial Services site on the web. In addition, our nomination makes us eligible for the People’s Choice Award, an award decided by none other than you! (Yes you.)

Webby Awards -- Vote for us!

To vote for Wikinvest, register with Webby Awards and then pull up your ballot to vote for your favorite financial services wiki website! Fans can vote until April 30th to help improve our chances of winning the People’s Choice Award. Winners will be announced on May 5th, 2009 and awarded at the Webby awards ceremony in New York City on June 8th.

Thanks again to all for all of your contributions — Wikinvest is nothing without all of you. If you haven’t been back to the site in a while, now’s the time to help prove the strength of our community. Drop in and write a definition, analyze a company, or help explain some of the markets recent ups and downs.

Wikinvest in the New York Times Tue, 10 Feb 2009 14:02:49 +0000 patrick We admit it; it’s been a while since we updated the Wikinvest blog.  We’ve been too busy writing simplified investment content and developing useful tools for finance bloggers.  In our place, though, we are happy to announce that the New York Times just wrote a feature about Wikinvest.

The New York Times

Check out the article for the Times’ review, comments from a few of our contributors, and to catch a glimpse of Wikinvest headquarters.  Special thanks to all of our contributors who volunteered to speak to the Times about their experiences with Wikinvest!

Get the Latest News from Investing Blogs with the Wikinvest Wire Sat, 11 Oct 2008 05:53:31 +0000 patrick Over the last month or two, we’ve been working hard to connect some of the web’s best financial bloggers. The result — the Wikinvest Wire — is here. The Wire syndicates related investing content and adds a mini news feed to the bottom of our blog partner’s posts, something like this:

Wikinvest Wire Pfizer Example

In addition, we include links to related blog posts directly on Wikinvest articles.

The Wire is designed to give you, the reader, even more information about stocks and investing ideas. Readers of Wikinvest Wire partner blogs will be able to find more blog posts about their favorite topics. If they decide they need a bit more of a neutral voice, they can hop over to the one of our related, neutral Wikinvest articles. (The same goes for readers of neutral Wikinvest topics looking for some good ol’ fashioned blogger spin.)

For all of you bloggers out there, the Wire will syndicate your content and make it available on Wikinvest and over 100 Wire partner sites, including Kudlow’s Money Politic$, Random Roger’s Big Picture, Financial Armageddon, and Pharma’s Cutting Edge. Keep an eye out for the Wikinvest Wire on your favorite financial blogs, and if you don’t see it, tell the blogger to get with it and sign up for the Wikinvest Wire!

Coming soon, you’ll even find the Wikinvest Wire on several mainstream media sites…

You can now track your stocks on Netvibes with the Wikinvest Stock Widget Thu, 04 Sep 2008 06:04:13 +0000 adam We’ve been working with the team at Netvibes to build a widget that lets you track your stocks directly from Netvibes.  Enter in a list of stocks you track, and you can get stock quotes, WikiCharts, and some Wikinvest analysis right from your Netvibes homepage.   It’s still in beta, so let us know what features we should add to the widget!

You can add the widget to your Netvibes by clicking here:

Finally: Embed a REAL stock chart on your blog or website Fri, 01 Aug 2008 08:10:20 +0000 brendan Today, Wikinvest launches the web’s first-ever interactive, embeddable stock chart. The charts are as easy to embed as a YouTube video, and your users can click, drag, pan, zoom, and play with no page refresh. And it’s all completely free.

If you’ve ever tried to include a stock chart in your blog, you know it’s a real pain: Press prnt-scrn while you’re on some finance website, paste it into a photo editor, crop the image, save, upload the image to your blog, include it in your post. No longer.

Our charts are zippy and responsive, because we think there’s nothing worse than a slow stock chart. Here’s an example chart, for Yahoo over the last seven months. You’ll also notice wikinvest’s user-generated annotations explaining major price movements:

The charts are fully customizable - you can embed a chart for almost all companies traded on U.S. and international exchanges, as well as commodities traded on CBOT and other exchanges. You can select zoom levels, date ranges, size, and whether or not to display annotations.

You can create your own custom chart at