At Visible Alpha, we’re focused on creating and delivering solutions for the investment research process of today and tomorrow. We keep a pulse on where the market is headed and how changes in the market and in technology may impact and improve the workflows of market participants. In close collaboration with our sell-side advisors and buy-side clients, we strive to solve inefficiencies and cultivate positive and collaborative relationships across the Street through our award-winning technology solutions and services.
Through our partnerships with the world’s premier investment research organizations, we empower market participants to leverage the insights of some of the best minds tasked with forecasting the future.
But what does this mean in practice?
Mark Hale, CEO, and Scott Rosen, Founder and Chief Research & Innovation Officer, describe how Visible Alpha has earned the trust of both creators and consumers of investment research to build the services we have today and propel us forward in fulfilling our mission tomorrow.
Back in the 1990’s when our founder, Scott Rosen, was an equities analyst himself, sell-side analysts had a significant informational advantage over their clients. Before Reg FD and tighter regulation of access to non-public information, and before the rise of the Internet and the democratization of access to public data, brokerage analysts could leverage their privileged position in the market to provide significant value to investors without having to show their work.
While research is just as critical to the investment process today, that arbitrage opportunity has been dramatically reduced. As a result, investors demand far more detailed and comparable analysis from their research providers, requiring that they demonstrate their value in transparent and measurable ways.
As Entrepreneur in Residence of TheMarkets.com, a consortium of the world’s most prominent investment banks, Scott worked with the leadership of the banks’ respective research departments to develop solutions to increase the value proposition of their individual and collective content.
Identifying investors’ desire for deep quantification of the insights of the sell-side analyst community, the focus turned to the spreadsheet models that analysts create as the core distillation of their analysis of a company.
When TheMarkets.com sold to Capital IQ, Scott and our initial partner banks spun the project out on its own in 2011 to build a platform to aggregate and make sense of those sell-side models. Incorporated as Visible Alpha in 2015 and launched commercially in 2017, Visible Alpha has grown to include other solutions to challenges in investment research.
Visible Alpha has become the benchmark for deep analyst and consensus forecasts that it set out to deliver, and it has also become an established leader in helping market participants optimize the investment research workflow. Our solutions advance the investment research process by helping the buy-side, sell-side and corporate players improve collaboration by surfacing meaningful value from key sell-side assets.