The dawn of the API is officially upon us. This new trend in software engineering and system-to-system interaction is being emphasized by many tech though leaders including Intel CEO Brian Krzanich, but a recent Tech Crunch article put it best:
"It’s called API-first design, and it presents a tremendous opportunity for developers who adapt — not to mention a major risk for developers (and companies) who don’t."
The API-centric focus of many of our tech giants (Apple, Google, Intel, IBM, Oracle, Salesforce, Expedia) and the resulting and familiar household names and products (Apple Watch, virtual reality, literally any app that you use...) are a testament to the power and prevalence of APIs.
One of the co-founders of Intrinio, Rachel Carpenter, was recently featured on the Female Entrepreneurs Institute website - a highlight on women in fintech. We've re-posted the article below:
Women in Fintech: Rachel's Story
Bloomberg's Codebase Unsurfaced
The fintech community has circled around a recent post (which is actually a re-blog from a 2006 article by John Sullivan) which unearths the fact that Bloomberg, a multi-billion dollar financial software, data and media company - has built their infrastructure with an archaic programming language called Fortran. Fortran would give most fintech firms nightmares.
For those of you unfamiliar with the rise of computing and programming, Fortran is a programming language that was developed in the 1950's by IBM. It's a powerful language for scientific and numeric computation - but this language is 65 years old. As the author notes:
"Apparently, Bloomberg has been trying to make the jump from Fortran to C++ for some time, but the Fortran codebase and the guys that maintain it are too entrenched. Cripes – in the oil industry we made that transition 15 years ago !"
Starting this fall (2015) Harvard Business School (HBS) professors and students will have free, unlimited access to the Intrinio Data Feed. The Intrinio Data Feed provides students with faster, cheaper, and more flexible access to investment-grade financial data.
Intrinio has recently expanded its financial data coverage to offer data on over 8,000 securities. New functionality offers a breakdown of common and preferred stock (and other securities) within companies when available.
As the only cross-platform provider of financial data, our users can access investment-grade financial data anywhere, anytime on any device. This means you can work on your models on your tablet on the plane, on your laptop in the office, or on your phone on the subway. Our Data Feed is compatible on Apple, Microsoft and Android devices. Each user has unlimited access to our entire financial database. It's our goal to provide you with the flexibility, affordability and transparency that has been missing in the financial data industry.
The Intrinio financial data feed includes: standardized fundamentals, as-reported fundamentals, historical stock prices, 15-minute delayed stock prices, basic company information, economic data, and over 120 ratios and metrics.
This short tutorial is designed to walk you through each step of valuing a company on the Intrinio Valuation Webapp.
The Valuation platform enables you to scenario test the value of companies under different circumstances. For example, you could run and save three different valuations that show the value of a company as a base case, bearish/downside or bullish/upside.
In this tutorial, we're going to calculate the intrinsic value of Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) under the scenario of a recession in 2016.
If you haven't heard of Fintech in the past few years, you're probably living in a Faraday cage. Fintech companies use technology to disrupt existing financial services. This entrepreneurial industry has sprung from disgruntled financial employees and even large banks themselves, bleeding into an industry that has historically resisted change, technology, and innovation. It encompasses everything from payments to trading, and there is no question that Fintech innovations are stirring up controversy.
It used to cost (at a minimum) between $200 and $500 to execute a trade in the stock market. Today, due to the rise of companies like RobinHood, you can execute a trade for free. Transferring money overseas used to be an arduous and expensive process, taking weeks to execute. Now companies like TransferWise are performing these transactions for up to 10x less than the typical bank. Robo-advisors like Wealthfront are eliminating the need altogether (especially among millennials) for a financial advisor.
As value investors, we tend to live in the domain of spreadsheets. Value investing is the strategy of finding stocks that are undervalued relative to their intrinsic value, or inherent worth. The intrinsic value of a stock is the the sum of all cash flows that a company will generate in its perpetual existence, discounted at the weighted expected return of the debt and equity investors in the company. Traditionally, investors have used Microsoft Excel to build complex discounted cash flow (DCF) models to estimate the cash flows generated by the company and a weighted average cost of capital (WACC) model for estimating the weighted expected return for the firm. This practice is one of the primary activities of any financial/investment analyst and there is even a Financial Modeling World Championship to showcase the best of the best at this art.
While there are many reasons to build complex financial models in Excel, the intrinsic value of a company's stock can be calculated much more simplistically using a standardized system. This is what we've created at Intrinio. Our web application brings the flexibility of Excel onto the web without the complexity of a having to manage a spreadsheet filled with calculations or bad data. This makes it very easy for performing scenario testing, value driver analysis, or sensitivity testing. Merging this with an easy-to-use user interface, Valuation is exactly what value investors need to bring their investment analysis to the next level.