Stock API For Fintech Developers: How To Get Started

Intrinio's stock API was designed by financial professionals for developers, a rare situation in the world of FinTech. This makes the API easy to integrate and scale for a developer while the data structures are intuitive for financial analysts.

Even with this solid foundation,  getting started with the API can be challenging- developers need to understand how to work with a RESTful API AND understand financial data. This article explains a few of the resources Intrinio has made available to help you get started. It contains 4 major sections:

  • A summary of the tools you'll need to get started using the API
  • An explanation of how to make your first API call
  • A list of sample API calls to show you what is possible
  • A list of SDKs that include sample code in many languages

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How are you calculating that?

Intrinio likes to give its users the flexibility to calculate their own metrics and ratios- if you can see what is under the hood, it makes it easier to understand what the data is telling you. We do, however, calculate more than 100 of these data points for you, which saves time and computing power on your end.

Most investors don't care, or need to know the subtleties that go into calculating some of the more complex ratios, but for more advanced users the differences in methodologies can make a big difference. This post outlines a few of the data points that users have asked about. Feel free to post any you are interested in in the comments and we will add them as well.

Invested capital:

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How Can I see a Company’s Dividend?

Most users are familiar with the dividend yield of a stock and many investors like to keep an eye on this important metric. Usually when an investor sees a yield, they are looking at the trailing dividend yield, which is usually the way an Intrinio user will want to see the data.

Intrinio uses the tag trailing_dividend_yield for this datapoint, however there are many more ways to think about and calculate a firm's dividend. There are many types of dividend tags and many ways to get data about dividends and some companies report dividends in different ways as well.

This diversity of dividend options makes it important to explore the different ways you can access dividends. The following lists show the numerous ways dividends can be pulled from Intrino data.

Tags:

"trailing_dividend_yield"

"dividend" - The amount of the latest dividend

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Frequently Requested Data Types

Intrinio gets requests from users for many types of financial data- since Intrinio's prices and terms are some of the most user friendly in the industry, investors and developers want to see us expand coverage so they can stop using more expensive alternatives. What follows is a list of our most frequently requested data types, what we cover in that area, and our plans to expand:

Foreign Exchanges

Intrinio currently provides fundamentals and pricing data for securities that file with the SEC, meaning that our coverage is limited for entities outside of the United States. One exception to this are a small group of indices for which we have end of day and historical price data:

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