What is Visible Alpha?
Visible Alpha isolates the forecasts, assumptions and business logic from raw working models and integrates them into directly comparable, “apples-to-apples” views across analysts. The result is a powerful, dynamic platform that allows you to review variances in opinion, quantify investment controversies, and assess your own investment theories with greater confidence.
How quickly do sell-side models get uploaded to the platform?
Sell-side models are available on the Visible Alpha platform for download as soon as analysts publish a note on a ticker. We have developed direct feeds with our contributing brokers that pull in the latest models, and also eliminate the need for analysts to alter their workflow.
I have always received Citi models through e-mail. Why don't I see their models here?
Visible Alpha works on an entitlements-based system. This means that brokers make direct indications of whether certain clients can or cannot view their content on the platform. Although you may not be entitled to see content from certain brokers, you will always be able to view consensus figures that include an average of all of the brokers that have submitted models for that particular company. If you believe that your inability to access a certain broker is in error, please contact us here.
Are these working models? Does Visible Alpha "process" them in any way?
We ask that all our contributing brokers send us full working models on all of the companies they cover. Visible Alpha does not alter any data or metrics within the models, and expects every model to be compliance-approved and "client ready."
How does Visible Alpha normalize this information? Is it fully automated?
What makes Visible Alpha truly unique is our process. Through a combination of machine learning and human sector specialists, Visible Alpha has a deep understanding of a company's financials. First, our sophisticated algorithm reads every cell in every broker model and creates a normalized financial statement template based on common patterns in all excel models. Next, a team of sector specialists go through each row of the normalized financial statement template and verify that each data point is presented on an apples-to-apples basis.
Who are these Sector Specialists? They are mostly Analysts and Associates who either have buy-side experience, MBAs or have the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) and CA (Charted Accountant) certifications. Before initiating on a company, they comb through SEC Filings, Annual Reports, Earnings Calls and Analyst Notes to truly understand the key drivers behind each model.
How does Visible Alpha ensure data accuracy?
See: How does Visible Alpha normalize this information? Is it fully automated?
I forgot my password.
How do I change my password?
There are two ways to change your password:
Change Password Tool On The Top Right Side Of Your Visible Alpha Page
From within Visible Alpha, click on your name and choose the change password option.
Which brokers am I entitled to see on the Visible Alpha platform?
Click on the Menu icon on the top left of your screen, and click or hover over "Brokers" in order to view the list of brokers that you are entitled to see.
How can I request entitlements?
Contact our Client Care team here.
How do I find the number of brokers contributing their models on a specific company?
How do I find the number of brokers included in a consensus number?
You can click on the consensus number, and then see detailed information in the formula bar. Click on the formula bar and navigate to the grey stats bar on the bottom. This area contains standard statistical information, as well as the number of brokers contributing to the consensus figure.
I have a question. How do I reach the support team?
You can contact our Client Care team here or use the Feedback button on the top-right of the Visible Alpha platform to provide us with instant feedback or ask a question about coverage, content or analytics.
Can I export this to excel? Can I customize the file before I download it?
To export, use the Export to Excel button on the top right side of the page. You can customize the file by consensus vs. analyst only, annual vs. quarterly and also go back in time to check estimates for a particular date. Additionally, you can choose to download all the tabs available for the company or just export a particular tab of interest.
How can I search for a line item?
From within any company financial statement, use the smart search field on the left navigation panel to search for any line item. You can also use the keyboard shortcut “S”.
How do I find models by broker or analyst?
You can use the primary search bar or click on the Menu icon on the top left and choose your preferred broker.
How many companies do you have under coverage?
We currently have in-depth consensus financials for more than 2,100 companies across every major sector and industry. Every month, we add more than 100 companies to the platform!
Do you have International Companies or just U.S. ?
We do! Please contact our Client Care team here for further information.
Do you have charts?
Yes, we currently have three types of charting available – Estimates Distribution, Revisions and Trends. You can right click on any consensus number to access the charting functions.
Do you have print-friendly tear sheets available?
We do! We have customized tear sheets that let you experience the latest sell-side estimates both before and after earnings in an easy to print Excel format.
Where can I download the Visible Alpha Excel Add-In?
The Visible Alpha Excel Add-In is available for download on the Visible Alpha homepage in the spotlight section. If you are unable to see this, please contact our Client Care team here.
How long does it take to process models?
It takes up to 24 hours to process and review each model. Once reviewed, we include the analyst data in the consensus numbers.