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  • Investing Apps: Taking Online Finance To The Next Level

    I'm thrilled to officially launch Seeking Alpha's Investing Applications today and tell you a bit about why we launched Investing Apps.

    First, what are Investing Apps?

    Investing Apps are professional-grade tools to research stocks, and manage, track and analyze your investments. These apps are provided by other companies but are carefully screened by us. The iTunes App Store is for mobile, Facebook apps are for social networking and gaming, and Seeking Alpha apps are for investing. We are building the best way to discover and use investing apps on the web, by making them available in one place and at reasonable prices. For additional details, see today's press release.

    Why did we launch a platform for Investing Apps?

    In five years, Seeking Alpha has built a wide and varied audience. We have over 3.5 million monthly unique visitors and over 560,000 registered users, representing a wide range of investing types - from retirees to financial professionals, hedge fund managers and more.

    Many of our readers are looking for something specific from Seeking Alpha. Some people are looking to generate income from their portfolios from dividends and bonds; some are looking for long or short ideas; some are focused on ETFs, while others are primarily interested in market commentary or, say, tech industry analysis.

    Over the past few years, we've been approached by tens of companies wanting to partner with us to offer their investing products to our readership. The problem was that most of these products appealed only to a subset of our readers, and we didn't want to clutter Seeking Alpha with functionality that many people wouldn't use. The solution, we realized, was to offer a choice of tools that our users could select from, to fit their own needs and interests, and a platform which would allow partners to easily integrate their products into Seeking Alpha. This way, we'd offer a 'menu' of Apps but it would be our users themselves that would choose which ones they wished to see and use.

    Personalization is the Goal

    There are more than 25 Applications live on the platform today serving a wide variety of user needs, from stock screeners to charting tools to portfolio tracking Apps.

    The Apps are fully integrated into the Seeking Alpha site.

    • You can browse and choose Apps in the Investing App Store. Installing Apps is easy and quick.
    • Once you've installed Apps, you can view them from your My Apps page.
    • All of the detailed data, research and charts you've installed lives on the main App page for each specific app.
    • You'll also notice that many of the Apps will come up every time you search for a company on Seeking Alpha. From a new tab on our quote pages, you can now see charts, guru analysis, news and details from SEC filings, analyst coverage and more on every quote page. The data is personalized, comes only from the Apps I installed and is integrated onto every quote page on the site.
    • Portfolio pages are also rich with data and information from the Apps.

    You can personalize the Seeking Alpha experience to see only the things you care most about.

    We're excited to make professional-grade investing tools affordable and available from one location. Most Apps have a free trial period or a free "lite" version. Try the Apps and let us know what you think!

    If you have feedback on the Apps, please contact fara at seekingalpha dot com. To have your App reviewed for inclusion into the Investing App Store, please contact applaunch at seekingalpha dot com

    Tags: What's New
    Oct 11 5:45 AM | Link | Comment!
  • How to Prepare for a Job Interview
    From 7 Sites That Will Help You Get Hired, by U.S. News & World Report:
    Seeking Alpha: This website graciously transcribes public companies' earnings conference calls. That allows you to brush up on all the crucial, timely details about the company you really want to work for, giving you the kind of insight that can elevate a cover letter or interview. The more you know a company, the more hiring managers will feel your pursuit is a targeted one. And they like to be targeted. If you were, say, applying for a job at J.M. Smucker, you could listen to their most recent conference call and learn that sales of their new premium jam—made of "the best fruit" and 100 percent sugar—are exceeding expectations, and that marketing spending this next fiscal year will match last year's record marketing spending. Whether it seems relevant to the position or not, building a foundation of up-to-date knowledge is critical.
    We've always believed that companies' earnings calls with analysts contain great information about their businesses, and are not only critical reading for investors but are also useful for business readers. So it's always interesting to see other people find unexpected uses for the transcripts.

    You can find earnings transcripts on Seeking Alpha easily searching for the stock (transcripts are on quote pages) or going to the Transcript Center. And if you haven't seen it, try the powerful transcript search.
    Tags: Transcripts
    Oct 04 3:14 AM | Link | 1 Comment
  • Market Currents Upgrade Now Live

    We just launched a redesign of Market Currents, our real-time micro-blog that covers market news and analysis.

    The key change is new navigation. There are now three tabs:

     

    Latest 20 - is the default view, and shows the latest Market Currents at the top, so you can leave this tab open and track developments in real time without scrolling down.

    Today so far - is the best way to comfortably read about today's developments. It's in chronological order, top to bottom, allowing you to read in order as you go down the page. Many people find that Market Currents is the best way to get a comprehensive but time-efficient view of the day's news - and this view caters to them.

    Yesterday - useful for people who want to catch up on yesterday's news, and also traders who want to review events after yesterday's close before the new trading day starts. Like Today so far, it's arranged in chronological order going down the page to make it easy to read.

    One additional feature of Market Currents is the search function.  You can search Market Currents to see our news feed on any topic.  A search for “oil spill” returns a minute-by-minute replay of the BP oil spill news coverage, from sources across the web. A similar search, for “dividends” shows all of the significant news articles on dividends in recent weeks.

    I hope you'll find that the changes to Market Currents are helpful.  

    Our marketing director, Fara, is collecting data from regular readers of Market Currents to help us assess and improve the product.  If you would like to provide feedback on Market Currents and be involved in the ongoing development of that product, please direct message her

    Jun 15 7:18 AM | Link | Comment!
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