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===[[Site:About Wikinvest|About]] | [[Site:Wikinvest Team|Team]] | [[Site:Contact Us|Contact]]=== ===[[Site:About Wikinvest|About]] | [[Site:Wikinvest Team|Team]] | [[Site:Contact Us|Contact]]===
-<br/>+===About Wikinvest===
-We're regular, everyday investors who are sick of the level of information on the major finance portals. An investment is more than the sum of its ratios. So, we set out to create an investment website that explains the deeper story behind a company, giving investors the context they need to understand what they are betting on when they purchase a particular stock or invest in a specific sector. +We're regular, everyday investors who are sick of the level of innovation at the major finance portals. We've steadily been building the investing website that we wanted -- we hope you'll find it useful as well.
-Just as Wikipedia revolutionized the encyclopedia by attracting a worldwide community of individual subject-matter experts who have created an online reference that at times rivals the accuracy of encyclopedia Britannica while dwarfing it in scope, [[Special:HowToContribute|we need your help]] to create the world’s largest investment research portal.+In broad brushstrokes, here are some of things that we think set us apart from other sites:
-Here are a few underlying principles that have shaped our vision for how Wikinvest hopes to simplify investing.+===Easily import your data from other sources===
-===Invest in ideas, not just ticker symbols.===+Setting up a portfolio on other finance sites is a pain. You have to manually enter in all of your transactions, cost basis, and other information, and this information is out of date the minute you make your next trade.
-Most investing websites force people to think in the language of ticker symbols. Wikinvest lets you start with concepts, which can be things like themes, ideas, trends, products, and industries. At Wikinvest, investors can type a company name, but they can also start with an idea like the [[Concept:Oil Prices|rising price of oil]], the [[Concept:Subprime lending|crisis in subprime lending]], the [[Concept:Impact of Internet Advertising|impact of internet advertising]], the [[Concept:IPhone|success of the iPhone]], and the [[Concept:E-Commerce|rise of ecommerce]] – not [[Stock:Exxon Mobil (XOM)|XOM]], [[Stock:Citigroup (C)|C]], [[Stock:Google (GOOG)|GOOG]], [[Stock:Apple (AAPL)|AAPL]], and [[Stock:Amazon.com (AMZN)|AMZN]]. And so Wikinvest has created an intuitive way to browse investing content by concept articles, which then explain which companies are impacted and why. For example:+
-* '''Did you know Uranium prices are up 1000% in last 3 years?''' The [[Concept:Uranium Prices|Uranium]] article explains who mines, refines and uses this precious commodity.+
-* '''Think America's too fat?''' The [[Concept:Obesity|Obesity]] article describes what companies make obesity drugs, diet plans, and exercise equipment.+
-* '''Feeling naughty?''' You can even learn how to invest in [[Concept:Legal Vices|vices]] like alcohol, tobacco, gambling (even [[Concept:Sex and Porn|sex & porn]]).+
-===Explanations, not just financial data and statistics.===+We allow you to seamlessly import your data from your brokerage and other investment accounts. Because you can import your data into your Wikinvest portfolio acount,
-One frustration we have with traditional finance portals is that most of them throw up data and statistics on the page, but little of it is meaningful and it's hard for most people to figure out what’s important and what it means about a company. Wikinvest articles boil down the important nuggets about a company or concept instead of inundating you with the smorgasbord of P/E ratios, earnings estimates, dividend yield, and run of the mill balance sheet data that you usually find.+
-One great example of this philosophy in action is our WikiChart. Typical stock charts plot a line that moves up and down – but most people want to know why the stock price is moving. So we built WikiCharts that allow people to annotate and explain what’s happening. Investors have already created over a thousand annotations explaining the stock price movements of hundreds of companies -- so don't be shy, jump in on the action and add an annotation!+* You can easily see all your investments -- from your brokerage account to your 401K to the accounts managed by your financial advisor -- all in one place
 +* We push live, real-time market data and news on the stock you own directly to your browser, with no page refresh required.
 +* We tell you exactly what you're paying in fees to your brokerage, so you know if they're ripping you off
 +* We calculate your true performance (or the performance of your financial advisor) and compare that to market benchmarks
 +* We offer other rich portfolio analytics - free.
-===So why a wiki?===+===Insight and Understanding, not just a wall of data===
-An investing wiki fixes the depressing level of discourse on investing discussions boards, where the content sometimes amounts to little more than name-calling with poor grammar. On discussion boards, posts rapidly fall off the bottom of the page and there is little incentive to post meaningful content. A wiki is different. Good content is retained, bad content (including spam) is removed, and the level of discourse is much higher as a result – complete paragraphs, narrative structure, and meaningful content.+
-Speaking of [[Site:Stock Spam|spam]], that's one of the ways a wiki is more powerful than a discussion board. When spammers post to discusion boards, there's no way for the community to delete the spam. But the openess and transparency of a Wiki's is its greatest strength -- anyone can remove something that's inaccurate on our site.+Traditional finance sites tend to [http://finance.yahoo.com/q/ks?s=AMGN+Key+Statistics throw a lot of data at users] without the tools to make sense of it all.
-===Six Degrees of Exxon Mobil: Everything is interrelated.===+We think investors could use more context, and a richer set of tools to make sense of it all. That's why [http://www.wikinvest.com/stock/Amgen_(AMGN)/Data/Key_Metrics our data]:
-Trends impact companies, companies compete and collaborate with other companies, products drive trends, news and events impact almost everything. Wikis are a great tool that highlight those relationships because articles are linked to each other, creating an immersive experience where you can seamlessly jump from one article to the next.+ 
 +* Displays data visually, with interactive charts, wherever possible
 +* Tells you if a company is high, low, or average for a particular metric in comparison to other companies in its industry, so you know whether the data point is good or bad for the company.
 +* Shows you trends of metrics over time, so you can see how things are trending
 +* Allows you to search for specific data points when you're hunting for data. Looking for Southwest Airline's 2007 current ratio? Try typing that query directly into our search bar.
 + 
 +=== Rich, user-generated content ===
 + 
 +Our wiki articles about companies are the best, one-stop-shop out there for a concise overview of a company - its business model, key risks and opportunities, market share, and anything else you should know before you decide to buy or sell a stock.
 + 
 +And, because we divide our articles into "neutral", "bulls", and "bears" sections, you can see the arguments for and against buying - as well as read "just the facts" when you're trying to brush up.
 + 
 +===Invest in ideas, not just ticker symbols.===
 +Most investing websites force people to think in the language of ticker symbols. Wikinvest lets you start with concepts, which can be things like themes, ideas, trends, products, and industries. At Wikinvest, investors can type a company name, but they can also start with an idea like the [[Concept:Oil Prices|rising price of oil]], the [[Concept:Subprime lending|crisis in subprime lending]], the [[Concept:Impact of Internet Advertising|impact of internet advertising]], the [[Concept:IPhone|success of the iPhone]], and the [[Concept:E-Commerce|rise of ecommerce]] – not [[Stock:Exxon Mobil (XOM)|XOM]], [[Stock:Citigroup (C)|C]], [[Stock:Google (GOOG)|GOOG]], [[Stock:Apple (AAPL)|AAPL]], and [[Stock:Amazon.com (AMZN)|AMZN]]. And so Wikinvest has created an intuitive way to browse investing content by concept articles, which then explain which companies are impacted and why. For example:
 +* '''Did you know Uranium prices are up 1000% in last 3 years?''' The [[Concept:Uranium Prices|Uranium]] article explains who mines, refines and uses this precious commodity.
 +* '''Think America's too fat?''' The [[Concept:Obesity|Obesity]] article describes what companies make obesity drugs, diet plans, and exercise equipment.
 +* '''Feeling naughty?''' You can even learn how to invest in [[Concept:Legal Vices|vices]] like alcohol, tobacco, gambling (even [[Concept:Sex and Porn|sex & porn]]).
-Sometimes in the office, we play Six Degrees of Exxon Mobil -- a little game we made up in which we try to guess the shortest way to link any company to Exxon Mobil. The other day we were talking about Coca-cola: From [[Stock:Coca-Cola Company (KO)|Coca Cola (KO)]], click through to [[Concept:Corn Prices|Corn Prices]], which is connected to [[Concept:Ethanol|Ethanol]], which is connected to [[Concept:Oil Prices|Oil Prices]], which is connected to [[Stock:Exxon Mobil (XOM)|Exxon Mobil (XOM)]]. 
===How does Wikinvest make money?=== ===How does Wikinvest make money?===
-Eventually, we will have ads on the site, which will help keep Wikinvest free and independent. Wikinvest grew out of our personal frustration about the investing resources out there today. We opened Wikinvest to the public in July 2007, and since then we've been focused on building the site and trying to make investing more intuitive and more democratic for our users. We are 100% committed to keeping the site free and open to everyone, always.+We have ads on the site, which helps keep Wikinvest free and independent. And, we license our content and technology to other companies. We power [http://finapps.forbes.com/finapps/jsp/finance/compinfo/CIAtAGlance.jsp?tkr=amgn&tab=searchtabquotesdark all the stock charts on Forbes.com], [http://npr.wikinvest.com/wikinvest/export/v3/?frame=NPRTearsheet&action=getFrame&search=MSFT all the finance content on NPR.org], finance content on USAToday.com, research / analytics for several brokerages, and other content and tools for hundreds of other sites. If you're interested in working with us, [http://www.wikinvest.com/licensing see our licensing page for more information].
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About Wikinvest

We're regular, everyday investors who are sick of the level of innovation at the major finance portals. We've steadily been building the investing website that we wanted -- we hope you'll find it useful as well.

In broad brushstrokes, here are some of things that we think set us apart from other sites:

Easily import your data from other sources

Setting up a portfolio on other finance sites is a pain. You have to manually enter in all of your transactions, cost basis, and other information, and this information is out of date the minute you make your next trade.

We allow you to seamlessly import your data from your brokerage and other investment accounts. Because you can import your data into your Wikinvest portfolio acount,

  • You can easily see all your investments -- from your brokerage account to your 401K to the accounts managed by your financial advisor -- all in one place
  • We push live, real-time market data and news on the stock you own directly to your browser, with no page refresh required.
  • We tell you exactly what you're paying in fees to your brokerage, so you know if they're ripping you off
  • We calculate your true performance (or the performance of your financial advisor) and compare that to market benchmarks
  • We offer other rich portfolio analytics - free.

Insight and Understanding, not just a wall of data

Traditional finance sites tend to throw a lot of data at users without the tools to make sense of it all.

We think investors could use more context, and a richer set of tools to make sense of it all. That's why our data:

  • Displays data visually, with interactive charts, wherever possible
  • Tells you if a company is high, low, or average for a particular metric in comparison to other companies in its industry, so you know whether the data point is good or bad for the company.
  • Shows you trends of metrics over time, so you can see how things are trending
  • Allows you to search for specific data points when you're hunting for data. Looking for Southwest Airline's 2007 current ratio? Try typing that query directly into our search bar.

Rich, user-generated content

Our wiki articles about companies are the best, one-stop-shop out there for a concise overview of a company - its business model, key risks and opportunities, market share, and anything else you should know before you decide to buy or sell a stock.

And, because we divide our articles into "neutral", "bulls", and "bears" sections, you can see the arguments for and against buying - as well as read "just the facts" when you're trying to brush up.

Invest in ideas, not just ticker symbols.

Most investing websites force people to think in the language of ticker symbols. Wikinvest lets you start with concepts, which can be things like themes, ideas, trends, products, and industries. At Wikinvest, investors can type a company name, but they can also start with an idea like the rising price of oil, the crisis in subprime lending, the impact of internet advertising, the success of the iPhone, and the rise of ecommerce – not XOM, C, GOOG, AAPL, and AMZN. And so Wikinvest has created an intuitive way to browse investing content by concept articles, which then explain which companies are impacted and why. For example:

  • Did you know Uranium prices are up 1000% in last 3 years? The Uranium article explains who mines, refines and uses this precious commodity.
  • Think America's too fat? The Obesity article describes what companies make obesity drugs, diet plans, and exercise equipment.
  • Feeling naughty? You can even learn how to invest in vices like alcohol, tobacco, gambling (even sex & porn).


How does Wikinvest make money?

We have ads on the site, which helps keep Wikinvest free and independent. And, we license our content and technology to other companies. We power all the stock charts on Forbes.com, all the finance content on NPR.org, finance content on USAToday.com, research / analytics for several brokerages, and other content and tools for hundreds of other sites. If you're interested in working with us, see our licensing page for more information.

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