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Nicholas Kitonyi
Nicholas Kitonyi
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How Investing Has Changed in the Information Age

Investors can easily access analyzed data and company information on a single platform

September 07, 2016 | About:

Investing has evolved over the last few decades to utilize the impact of new technological advances. No longer must investors dig deep into earnings reports to make sound investment decisions.

There are several platforms now offering such information that’s already analyzed and ready for use when making investment decisions. A good example is GuruFocus, where among other forms of investment data, investors can also get tips on the latest gurus and insider positions.

Are you a fan of Warren Buffett (Trades, Portfolio) or Whitney Tilson (Trades, Portfolio)? Then GuruFocus allows you to follow their trades and capitalize on the investing experience and expertise of several guru investors.

This is just an example of how easy it has become to invest compared to a few decades ago when every individual investor had to scrutinize heaps of documents before making an investment decision. Other platforms have focused on providing technical information on individual stocks like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) among others.

You can easily access data related to investor trading activity within minutes, which allows you to determine the potential movement of the stock in the next few hours, days, weeks or months. The investment world now has a minefield of investing data, from which investors can easily pull out information for smarter investment decisions.

There are even other platforms that have gone the extra mile to provide in-depth data on companies including industry and corporate news, government statistics, corporate filings, pricing information, hiring activity, product announcements and inventory data among others. These platforms employ a web data extraction tool that allows users to gain full access to this information from a single interface.

In this day and age, information is everything from marketing to selling as well as investing. Investors are no longer looking at just the quarterly and annual reports, but they are also looking to capitalize on every bit of new product or managerial information emanating from Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) among others.

For instance, Apple will be holding its annual iPhone event today, and investors have already set up their expectations. If Apple disappoints during the event, then investors will have to re-evaluate their positions on the company. If Apple does better or matches expectations, then you can expect a momentous uptrend on the stock.

Then after that, investors will be watching closely for the performances of the new products launched in the next few months. This is why a continuous access of company information and data related to the stock is crucial for modern-day investing. As such, platforms such as GuruFocus and many others are increasingly becoming popular in the investment community.

The information generated during the event will be streamed on different platforms with Apple being the main source, but when it comes to the analyzed data with regard to what was presented and announced, the experts will be many.

It will not be easy to identify the best analysis because analysts will present their own opinions on products launched. However, with data extraction tools and platforms, investors can now gauge the level of positive commentary versus negative commentary following the event.

Conclusion

In summary, we could say the same thing about Alphabet, Facebook and Amazon among others because the information age requires investors to be on their toes on every bit of data that could change the outlook of a stock they hold or a stock they could get interested in.

The bottom line is that technological advances have made it easier for people to access public data and information about investing. In addition, platforms have come up to facilitate this paradigm shift by offering all in one package where investors can access several types of investing information.

Disclosure: I have no position in any stock mentioned in this article.

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About the author:

Nicholas Kitonyi
Nicholas is a financial analyst with extensive experience in investment research and stock market analysis. His analysis has been featured on research sites like Seeking Alpha and Benzinga.

Nicholas has solid knowledge of both U.S. and European markets. His investment style is focused on undervalued plays and growth stocks. As a trader, Nicholas classifies himself as a swing trader and likes to trade GBP/USD, gold and FTSE 100, among other liquid instruments.

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