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Crowdsourced price predictions for the stock market.

Vetr Releases their Top Picks for January

Vetr.com, the leading website for displaying target prices, has announced their top picks for January 2015.  

Last month, Rogier v Vlissingen @vliscony made the top stock picks on Vetr overall as well as in the technology sector with a return of 27.58% and 31.47% respectively, Jacky Cheng @itsjackcheng made the top stock picks in the Consumer Cyclical sector with a return of 8.87%, and Commodities Trader @CommoditiesTrader made the top stock picks in the Healthcare sector with a return of 9.03%.

Most fascinating about this month’s release of Vetr’s top pickers is that all of them made bearish predictions. “We’ve never seen anything like this in the past 3 months of releasing top stock pickers, it goes to show how weak the market is at the moment.” says Patrick Williams, President at Vetr.

Vetr will showcase their top stock picks of the month every month in the consumer cyclical, healthcare, and technology sectors. More sectors will be included soon.

ABOUT VETR

Vetr.com is an investment research platform that provides simplified crowdsourced star-ratings for the stock market and delivers personalized insights and alerts based on the people, stocks and funds you follow. With over 60,000 ratings and counting, Vetr is designed to let investors ‘vet’ their investments by seeing what its users think will happen to a stock’s price.

Press
Vetr, Inc.
Rahul Kaundal, 212-293-2305
[email protected]

Superforecasting, the Wisdom of the Crowd, and Vetr

Over
the holiday break, I read a great book.  Philip
Tetlock’s Superforecasting was released this fall and has powerfully positive implications
for Vetr.  The book summarizes a study
that, in its scientific nature, measured the forecasts of experts and
the crowd to determine their accuracy.
Many people, including experts like Wall Street analysts, make forecasts
that are well covered in the press but are never measured.  There are issues with having forecasts be
precise enough so they can be measured, but the study underlying
Superforecasting shows that some people are better at forecasting than others
(hence, “superforecasters”).   In fact,
generally “experts” like Wall Street analysts forecast no better than random
guesses.  

Most of the questions in Tetlock’s study relate to political
events.  There is very little about
financial markets.  In one spot, Tetlock
suggests the financial markets are very efficient because of the constant
second-guessing that goes on in them.
“It is still very hard to consistently beat markets, which is why so few
can plausibly claim to have done it.”  
He then goes on to discuss “prediction markets,” like “will Hillary be
elected President in 2016.”   Here, good
forecasting teams do better than would be predicted which is the point of that
chapter—some forecasting teams are really good.
“The results were clear-cut each year. Teams of ordinary forecasters
beat the wisdom of the crowd [defined as the average of those participating] by
about 10%. Prediction markets beat ordinary teams by about 20%. And superteams
beat prediction markets by 15% to 30%.” [If I read this correctly, the markets
should beat the crowd average but he doesn’t say this explicitly, and it hasn’t
been tested against financial markets from what I could tell.]

So, the good news: By helping discover superforecaster
investors, Vetr can provide more insight than so-called Wall Street experts.  

So, find the good Vetterers or, even better, become one
yourself!  

Sincerely, 

Patrick Williams, President at Vetr.com

Crowd Beats Wall Street Analysts in November

Vetr.com, the leading website for displaying target prices, has
announced its winners for November 2015.  These winners are determined by their percent returns, which represent the average returns of a user’s rating for the calendar month of November, regardless of when the rating was entered. Marla
Stout @marlie won the Top Rater Award in the Consumer Cyclical sector with a
return of 8.6%, Aspiring Investor @a94027 won the award in the Healthcare sector with a return of 14.42%,
Commodities Trader @CommoditiesTrader won the award in the Technology sector with a return of 23.05%,
and last but not least, Max Peng @mp3490 won the Top Rater Award on Vetr overall with a return of
24.57%.

The concept of Vetr is to allow
investors to quickly “vet” potential investments.  With this new feature, visitors can focus on
the recommendations of users who have the best records based on their target
prices.  Vetr’s Top Raters section
showcases who the Top Raters are every month in the Consumer Cyclical Sector,
Healthcare Sector, Technology Sector, and on Vetr overall.

The most fascinating part about this
page is that there are ZERO Wall Street Analysts who are showcased. “These
lists are for Vetr’s top raters, period. Analyst or not, if you’re making the
right stock picks, you will be noticed.” Said JD Singh, SVP of Business
Development at Vetr.  “We look forward to
seeing whether Wall Street will do any better in December.”

Vetr’s Top Rater section will update
every month and additional sector raters will be introduced in the following
months.

ABOUT VETR

Vetr.com is an
investment research platform that provides simplified crowdsourced star-ratings
for the stock market and delivers personalized insights and alerts based on the
people, stocks and funds you follow. With over 55,000 ratings and counting,
Vetr is designed to let investors ‘vet’ their investments by seeing what its
users think will happen to a stock’s price.

Contacts

Press
Vetr, Inc.
Rahul Kaundal, 212-293-2305
[email protected]

The Traders Expo New York Feb 21st – 23rd Marriot Marquis Hotel

This winter you’ll have the chance to join thousands of your
fellow traders in New York for a three-day event that will have a substantial
impact on your success in today’s markets.

https://secure.moneyshow.com/msc/NYOT/registration.asp?sid=NYOT16&scode=

The Fall 2015 University Challenge is officially over!

The Fall 2015 University Challenge officially ended on November 18, 2015.

The winner of the competition is Michael Odere from the University of Oregon with a 30.61% return and 125 points!

Second place went to Ryan Lundeen from the University of Nebraska Omaha with a 27.98% return and 124 points!

Third place went to Samuel Detke from the University of Oregon with 21.25% return and 122 points!

A total of 325 students from over 100 schools across the world competed in the University Challenge.  “I had a blast participating in the University Challenge, being in a competition with this many people from across the world was really intense” said Michael Odere, winner of the University Challenge.

“This competition gave students hands on experience into the world of investment analysis, hopefully these students can use this to strengthen their resumes and find work once they graduate” said Rahul Kaundal, marketing analyst at Vetr.

The Fall 2015 University Challenge lasted from September 1, 2015 – November 18, 2015. There will be another University Challenge in the spring time that will be announced at a later time.

ABOUT VETR

Vetr.com is an investment research platform that provides simplified crowdsourced star-ratings for the stock market and delivers personalized insights and alerts based on the people, stocks and funds you follow. With over 41,000 ratings and counting, Vetr is designed to let investors ‘vet’ their investments by seeing what its users think will happen to a stock’s price.

Contacts

Press
Vetr, Inc.
Rahul Kaundal, 212-293-2305
[email protected]

The Vetr University Challenge is officially live! Head over to vetr.com/universitychallenge and make 5 stock ratings for a chance to work with us at Vetr HQ in NYC for winter break.

The Crowd and The Crash

The Crowd
and The Crash

Can we call it a crash? The market {DJ IA} closed less than
two percent down compared to last week and opened 58 points down this morning.
Nothing compared with 2008/09.  

The Crowd at Vetr.com had some amazing predictions by
individual stock pickers and if you become a Vetr User (Join at Vetr.com) or
Vetrer you should consider watching these smart investors. Although they only
have one stock rated with us, not something we would recommend, they have done
very well over the past five turbulent days.  Here is a list of our top five Crowd performers:

“@Abba457” used this volatile ETF XIV Credit Suisse AG to
make a staggering 40.26% return over the volatile five day scare or “not so
flash crash”. This far outstripped any of the analysts that we cover.

vetr.com/profile/abba457

Coming in second in the Crowd was” @takeoverlease” with an impressive
23.78% return betting the ranch on DUST- Gold Miners Bear 3X Direxion, again
not that we would recommend one bet but worth watching.

vetr.com/profile/takeoverlease

“@Kipstur” who doubled the number to two predictions on
Vanguard Natural Resources LLC and EPD Enterprise Products Partners LP and
clearly enjoys warm climates, came in at an impressive 13.99% return.

vetr.com/profile/Kipstur

“@Eleutron2” having again bet the ranch on one prediction,
this time on the more popular AMZN rocked the market with a 12.86% return.  

vetr.com/profile/eleutron2xx

Fifth and final this report and “@bklyncamille”, who again
like all our top five has a much larger Watchlist was only betting on one pony
romped home with a 12.07% return.  vetr.com/profile/bklyncamille

Viagra for Women

Valeant is buying Sprout Pharma, the company that has been given the go ahead for a drug that increases women’s libido.

The Vetr crowd already has their stock predicted at $279.50 while the analysts are at a sell on this. Perhaps Sprout could could share some of it’s compound with this Wall Street community.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/valeant-confirms-1-billion-deal-for-maker-of-womens-libido-drug-1440070883

Crowd cautious, Analysts Bullish

Just when the airline industry was having a good year things seem to be taking a nasty turn. The WSJ reports that two of the major players Southwest and Delta have had employee contracts declined and that “A decline in ticket prices has hurt the companies’ unit revenue, which measures the amount of money taken from each passenger flown a mile”.

This has become the key metric for the investors. At vetr.com, our crowd is less bullish than the analysts with all the major players $AAL $DAL $LUV $UAL