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What is Wikinvest?

Wikinvest wants to make investing easier by creating the world’s best source of investment information and investment tools. Read more about us.

What is a wiki?

A wiki is a place where people can work together to write an article that explains something and links to other related articles. The most well known is Wikipedia, which provides a great example of how powerful a source of information written and edited by a community can be. Wikinvest is creating the world's largest investment research wiki. While Wikinvest is not directly associated with Wikipedia, we admire and are inspired by what the Wikipedia community has created.

Our wiki differs from Wikipedia in that Wikinvest pages have many components and their content differs in its basic purpose. The first page you'll find is the "Wiki Analysis" page - this provides the facts about what the company does, how it makes money, past company performance, what trends and forces have affected the company, and competitors. These pages also have annotated stock charts and a live feed that brings the company's most relevant news together with the latest insight from major news sources, press releases, and bloggers on the Wikinvest Wire.

The Wiki Analysis page is just the beginning - the navigation bar at the top of the article is chock full of resources for the inquiring investor.

Analysis Pages

What's so special about news feeds on Wikinvest?

News feeds include the most relevant stories from 500+ sources including major finance publications, company-issued press releases, and high-quality blog posts from the Wikinvest Wire. Our news feature intelligent filtering that picks out the most important articles so that you don't have to go digging through articles that bear only tangential relevance to the company.

What is the Wikinvest Wire?

The Wikinvest Wire is a network of the internet's best financial blogs. When a blogger writes about a specific company or concept, their post will appear in our news feeds and on partner sites across the web. You can read more about the Wire here.

What are "Bulls" and "Bears" pages?

"Bulls" and "Bears" pages contain the latest reasons to buy or sell a company from the community. They are open forums for explaining why a company's stock price is going to rise or fall. Just as the Wiki Analysis pages, all Bulls and Bears reasons can be edited with a single click - you can even add your own new reasons by pressing the "Add a new reason" button at the top of the page.

Everyone in the Wikinvest community is welcome to vote "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" on each reason - you'll have to be logged in to vote so we know you're only voting once. The reasons that win the community's favor rise to the top of the list.

What are "Topics" pages?

"Topics" pages are amalgamations of all the subjects discussed in a company's SEC filings. If you're looking for specific information about a company, the Topics page will help you find it quickly without poring over huge filings. On the flip side, the Topics page is also a great place to find an overview of what forces are impacting a specific company.

Data Pages

What is DataCentral?

DataCentral pages will show you all of the company's most important operating and financial metrics visually - we want to provide our users with easy-to-understand graphs instead of walls of numbers. Looking to see how net income has grown over the past four quarters? Data Central has the graph. What are the analysts saying? The analyst recommendation section gives you the breakdown for your company and its industry. Want to find out how your company's revenue stacks up against the competition? Data Central has that graph, too. In fact, you can see how your company compares to competitors with every single income statement, balance sheet, and industry metric on the page.

The graphs from DataCentral have also been incorporated into our portfolio management tool so that you'll always have the best snapshot of what's going on with your holdings.

What makes stock charts so special on Wikinvest?

Wikinvest's annotated stock charts are dynamic, interactive stock charts. Anyone in the Wikinvest community can add an annotation to an annotated stock chart to explain price movement. Major news stories automatically add themselves to the Charts. It's easy to adjust the scale of an annotated stock chart to look at stock performance over different time periods. To scroll through, simply drag the chart with your mouse.

If you're a blogger or run a website, you can embed any or our stock charts on your own pages - just press the "Embed Chart" button at the top of the chart. You can also create your own customized charts by clicking the same button.

What's so special about the Operating Metrics and Revenue Sources pages?

These pages both include metrics that you'll have trouble finding anywhere besides SEC filings neatly lain out for year-to-year comparison. Want to know how many stores Nike is operating? Or maybe the average passenger fare for a Southwest Airlines flight? It's all right there. This is the kind of data that most finance portals won't provide and will help you dive deeper into understanding how companies are really doing.

Financials Pages

What's different about SEC filings on Wikinvest?

The first thing you'll notice about SEC filings on Wikinvest is that they're well-organized and easy to browse. Annual and quarterly earnings reports as well as 8-Ks (containing significant news) are separated from other filings.

For quick filing-to-filing comparisons, you can click the title of any section in a filing to see the way it has evolved over time. For example, clicking on an "Income Statement" section in a 10-K will take you to a Topics page displaying the income statement for the company from quarters and years past on a single screen.

What's different about financial statements on Wikinvest?

Links to balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements can be found at the top right corner of any article. Financial statements on Wikinvest can quickly be expanded to show up to 10 years of data and it only takes one click to switch between annual and quarterly numbers. Furthermore, the same great charts that power DataCentral appear alongside the statements - they show metrics like return on equity, gross margin, and cash flow against net income - to help you make more sense of the numbers.

Other Questions

Who writes these articles?

You do! The entire foundation of our wiki is collaboration and community and we rely on our users to produce our content. Editing a page is as easy as clicking the "Edit" button at the top of a Wiki Analysis page, the "Add a new reason" button on a Bulls or Bears page, or the "Add Annotation" button on an annotated stock chart. If you want to write an article that doesn't yet exist, check out how to create a new page here.

Contributors are recognized by earning reputation points and can even be listed as Top Contributors on company and concept pages.

If you'd like to contribute but don't know where to start, check out these tips to get started.

What about bias and neutrality?

Wiki Analysis company articles and concept pages are meant to give the reader a general overview of the companies and concepts covered and should not be written in a manner that is either biased or opinionated. While Bulls and Bears company articles should still be fact-based, contributors are encouraged to argue a particular point of view. For a more detailed description of acceptable article content please visit our content guidelines.

Wikinvest Community Policies

Should I be worried about stock spam?

We review changes on the site for stock spam. If someone makes an edit that's not constructive or that runs afoul of the ground rules for the site, it takes just a few quick mouse clicks (by anyone in the community) to undo the change. Read more about how Wikinvest combats stock spam.

How do I contact someone if something is wrong or if I have a suggestion?

  1. Change it yourself -- it's the wiki way!
  2. Send the authors a suggestion or comment with the Suggestion Box on each article
  3. Send us feedback

What should I do if I notice a copyright violation?

The Wikinvest community has a zero tolerance policy for copyright infringement. If you come across an instance of copyright violation, please follow the instructions for reporting copyright infringement as described in our Terms of Service.

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