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YCharts Monthly Product Update: January 2024

At YCharts, we strive to be best-in-class when it comes to providing the tools wealth management professionals need to deliver great results for their clients. YCharts has grown into an all-in-one platform for investment research and client communication. Our guiding principle has always been to create software that elevates and enables our clients’ goals – tools that are easy to use, data that is reliable and timely, and customer service that stands head and shoulders above the industry. 

Here’s a look at YCharts’ most recent feature releases.

January 2024 Summary

Reports

New updates to YCharts Reports include the addition of:

Landscape Overview & Comparison Reports: Within YCharts’ Report Builder, users will now be able to create landscape formatted reports for Overview and Comparison reports, in addition to previously available multi-comparison reports and presentations, which default to landscape view. This new report orientation is ideal for combining YCharts report outputs with other general presentation materials or for presentation screenshares for virtual meetings with your teams and clients alike.

PDF Reports for Security Lists: Users can now select a watchlist, in lieu of individual securities or portfolios, when generating a report within the Report Builder for a more efficient workflow. This will allow for a combined report that includes all the securities in your list. Note that this is currently limited to any watchlists made up of 25 or fewer portfolios or securities.

Custom Report Footers: You can further personalize their PDF reports with tailored footers to ensure they meet any necessary firm-specific compliance requirements. 

Email Reports

YCharts recently revamped its Email Reports functionality, mirroring the drag-and-drop capabilities from YCharts’ popular Report Builder to make it easy for users to customize and organize modules as they see fit. Users can add modules for securities and economic performance, market update calendars, previously created charts, and market commentary. Check out the video below, which highlights some of the new features:

Additionally, users will be able to designate the send frequency between daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly.

Scenarios

A template library has now been added to YCharts’ Scenarios tool to help users quickly visualize withdrawal and contribution hypotheticals for their clients. Templates range from projecting the implications of retirement withdrawals, the impact of dollar cost averaging, and performance during recessionary periods and volatility.

Additionally, YCharts users can now download a created scenario as a .PNG image file using the export function within the tool and incorporate it into their reports or upcoming client presentations.

December 2023 Summary

Dashboard

New updates to the YCharts Dashboard include the addition of:

Heatmap Module: Users can now build a custom heatmap view of a security list, saved watchlist, or a portfolio’s (or fund’s) holdings using performance and valuation metrics. Users will be able to view on a “Market Cap”, “AUM” (funds only), or “Price” level with the option to draw comparisons across various performance and fundamental metrics.

Hyperlink Capabilities: Within the Custom Text module, users can add hyperlinks linking their dashboard notes to other web pages as needed.

Scatter Plot

Additional Share Capabilities: Users now have the ability to share created Scatter Plot charts directly to X (formerly known as Twitter) as well as generate an embed code to include within a blog or other media.

November 2023 Summary

Portfolios

In addition to Model Portfolios, YCharts has added two new portfolio types:

Benchmark Portfolios: Create custom blended benchmarks to compare other portfolios or investments against. Benchmark Portfolios are specialized for users who want to assign a benchmark to another Model Portfolio or use it for comparison purposes against other portfolios or securities. 

Client Portfolios: Client Portfolios provide a client-centric perspective, excluding certain options to enhance the focus on actual holdings and facilitate more detailed insights into client-specific accounts to ensure more personalized financial insights.

Additional advanced features now available within YCharts portfolios include:

  • Exposure Proxy (applicable to Model Portfolios & Benchmarks): Allows users to assign a security as an exposure proxy to a holding, providing a more accurate representation of their portfolio’s allocation and exposure.
  • Performance Proxy (applicable to Model Portfolios, Client Portfolios & Benchmarks): Enhances historical performance accuracy by enabling users to assign a performance proxy to a holding, ensuring precise calculations for periods with limited or no performance data. 
  • Performance Backfill (applicable to Model Portfolios, Client Portfolios & Benchmarks): Enables users to enhance portfolio analysis by incorporating performance data by uploading a file of historical returns.
  • Cost Basis (applicable to Client Portfolios): Allows users to enter Average Cost Basis values for each holding, contributing to a more precise dollar-centric view of client portfolios. This information enhances the understanding of the actual cost and profits of assets held in a portfolio.

Technical Charts

New annotation capabilities within YCharts’ Technical Charts empower investors to highlight insights into price patterns for a security or index. Users can now add shapes, lines, text boxes, counters, and more to highlight specific timeframes or significant price points and draw attention to noteworthy historical price shifts. Some advanced indicators investors can use to perform in-depth analysis include:

  • Pitchfork Bands: Used to identify potential levels of support and resistance for an asset. It is drawn using three parallel trendlines that help determine the general direction of the trend and possible areas where the price may reverse or continue.
  • Parallel Channel: A technical pattern formed by drawing two parallel trendlines: one connecting the highs and another connecting the lows of price movements. This channel helps traders identify potential buying and selling opportunities based on the price oscillating between these parallel lines.
  • Fibonacci Retracements: Horizontal lines on a chart that indicate potential levels of support or resistance based on ratios derived from the Fibonacci sequence. Typical retracement levels are 23.6%, 38.2%, 50%, 61.8%, and 78.6%. Traders use these levels to identify potential entry or exit points for trades based on the observed price movements.

Stress Test

Users can now create custom stress tests within a security, portfolio, or index’s data page. Add a new stress test modal by designating a custom time frame. Pull in any saved stress tests into a report using the “Stress Test” module within Report Builder.

AI News Module

Available for all S&P 500 and NASDAQ 100 stocks, users can now ask six pre-defined questions that will be answered by OpenAI. YCharts will select the ten most relevant articles from the past 20 days based on OpenAI’s embedding model to generate a summary that provides useful news and information regarding a particular stock. The six available questions are:

1. What’s happening with [Stock Name]?
2. How’s [Stock Name] performing?
3. What’s happening with the [Stock’s Sector]?
4. How’s [Stock’s Index] performing?
5. What’s the market sentiment of [Stock Name]?
6. What’s happening with the peers of [Stock Name]?

Report Builder

The NEW “Holdings by Category” PDF module allows users to assign a specific categorization type, including Broad Asset Class, Fund Category, Equity Style, and Sector, for a designated fund or portfolio. You’ll also have the ability to choose which module metrics (e.g. Close Price, Annualized 1-Year Total Returns, Distribution Yield) and info fields (e.g. Dividend Frequency, Industry, Inception Date) to include on that report’s page.

October 2023 Summary

Attribution

Available for portfolios and funds, the Attribution tab provides users with a deeper understanding of the holdings that drive overall performance. This includes:

Absolute Attribution Analysis: This sub-tab includes a “Heatmap Module”, that provides a visual representation of the top 8 contributors and top 8 detractors of a portfolio or fund’s holdings and a “Contribution / Detraction Table” which shows the contribution and detraction of all holdings over a specific timeframe (e.g. 1-month, 3-month, 6-month, YTD, and 1-year).

Relative Attribution Analysis: Users can use this sub-tab to understand the sources of performance (or underperformance) in a portfolio relative to a benchmark. This includes:

  • Attribution Table: Displays the respective sector (or category) weights and returns for the portfolio or fund and the respective benchmark. The attribution score is calculated based on allocation, selection, and interaction.
  • Bar Chart Visualization: Visualizes the calculated attribution score to quickly identify which sectors (or categories) contribute or detract the most.
  • Returns Comparison:  Visualizes the Return for the portfolio (or fund) compared to its benchmark for each sector or category.

Dashboard

A new “Custom Text” module can now be added to the Dashboard, allowing users to create notes alongside other chart, list, and news modules. Use this new feature to provide additional narratives for securities or portfolios you’re tracking, talking points that your team should be aware of on any shared dashboards, or other insights that would be valuable to you and your team.

Report Builder

Updates to the Report Builder include:

Bar Chart module: Use the “Bar Chart” module to draw direct comparisons between securities or portfolios for any user-defined metric. Users will also be able to edit the module name, frequency, and the option to include a benchmark for a more personalized report. This visual displays as a ¼ page module.

Reorganized Report Builder menu: In addition to being organized by size, modules are now categorized based on the metric type and information shown, including “Basic Info & Performance”, “Risk”, “Allocations”, “Holdings”, “Proposals & Scenarios”, “Charts & Tables”, “Disclosures & Definitions”, and “Other”.

Custom Securities

Updates to Custom Securities include:

Custom Security Performance Metrics: Expense ratio and yield metrics have been added, allowing for custom securities to be included in weighted average performance metrics within a model portfolio.  

Level Continuation: Continuation settings put you in control of how the custom security is updated in the future. Choose to let the security update with the last level input or add a specified return instead.

September 2023 Summary

Talking Points

With YCharts Talking Points, users can customize text and images to elaborate on their investment recommendations, and make meetings count by sharing personalized proposals that foster engaging conversations about a client’s most important financial goals. Leverage the full library of metrics available within the platform to highlight what’s most relevant to your clients. Options include:

  • Number with Text: Best used for metrics that do not have historical data and are not calculated as a percentage (e.g. expense ratio).
  • Number with Line Chart: Best used for metrics with historical data where a line chart would provide additional context (e.g. max drawdown).
  • Donut Chart: Best used for metrics that are calculated as a percentage (e.g. allocation data)

Additionally, you’ll be able to save the most commonly used investment narratives to your account and share them with your team. Add these talking points to a report by using the “Proposals” modules found within the Report Builder, where users can choose between a full-page module that can include up to four talking points or a half-page module with up to two.

Updated Subscription Plans

YCharts’ subscription plans have been updated to offer a tailored experience for every member of your team, ensuring optimal effectiveness and efficiency based on their specific role and day-to-day responsibilities. These new tiers include:

  • Analyst: Built for individuals and professionals who focus on investment research and analysis. 
  • Presenter: Built for client-facing professionals with an emphasis on proposal generation and client communication
  • Professional: Includes all the benefits of Analyst & Presenter as well as YCharts’ full suite of investment analysis, proposal tools, and comprehensive datasets. 

To learn more about the specific tools and features available for each tier, check out YCharts’ Plans page.

*Note that updated subscription tiers are not available for wholesalers or asset manager clients at this time.

Report Builder

New and improved “Dynamic Disclosure” and “Security Type Disclosures” modules have been added as inputs in YCharts’ Report Builder. These modules will populate based on the assets utilized in a created report and update for necessary definitions for relevant security types, risk & performance metrics, and more. 

Technical Charts

“Presentation View” has been added to YCharts’ Technical Charts. Similar to the functionality found within Fundamental Charts, users have the ability toggle on and off Presentation View for a cleaner visual output. Dynamic capabilities are maintained in this view as well when adding a new security or indicator, switching between chart styles, and updating for chart frequency.

Updated Navigation Menu

YCharts’ in-tool dropdown menus and Support Center have been updated with a new layout for more intuitive navigation and additional content to stay up-to-date on the latest market trends as well as customer support materials to help you get the most out of your subscription.

August 2023 Summary

Technical Charts

Technical Charts has been revamped with an updated look & feel similar to YCharts’  well-established Fundamental Charts tool to provide a more visually appealing design and enhanced user experience. The same robust features and visualization options from the previous iteration are maintained in this update including the ability for users to choose between line, OHLC, and candlestick chart styles and overlay price action with technical indicators & custom views.

Report Builder

Updates to the Report Builder include:

Increased PDF Image Upload Limit: Users can now include a PDF file up to a total of 30 pages within their personalized reports using the “Full Page Image” module. Popular use cases include Investment Policy Statements (IPS), proprietary research materials, firm investment objectives, team bios, and investment policies.

Comp Table and Timeseries Analysis modules: Available in the Overview and Comparison reports, users can drag and drop these new modules into their personalized reports to analyze portfolio holdings & securities head-to-head utilizing YCharts’ 4,000+ available financial metrics for a specific point in time or historically.

Scenarios

Updates to the Scenarios Builder include:

Share Capabilities: Foster further collaboration by sharing insights with your teams, generate embed codes for external media, and even directly via a “tinyurl” link to other YCharts users.

Show Base Case Option: Once a scenario has been built out, users have the ability to “Show Base Case” in the Scenario Chart alongside the options to show standard deviation, net contributions & withdrawals, and benchmark comparison.

Comp Tables

Draw direct comparisons for any type of security leveraging the new best/worst returns and up/down months risk metrics. Lookback periods for both include: 3-month, 6-month, 1-year, 3-year, 5-year, 7-year, 10-year, and since inception. Additionally, you can utilize these metric sets within YCharts’ Stock & Fund Screener too.

July 2023 Summary

Portfolio Optimizer

Build the optimal allocation strategy to mitigate exposure to risk, maximize portfolio performance, and enhance data-driven decision-making for portfolio management using YCharts’ Portfolio Optimizer. This powerful tool perfectly complements YCharts’ Model Portfolios tool, offering an additional layer of analysis that focuses on risk and performance metrics to help streamline the development of the ideal asset allocation for your clients.

Available Strategies

Advisors will be able to develop an allocation strategy based on a client’s risk tolerance and long-term return goals in a matter of clicks. Select from four different strategies, including:

Maximize Sharpe Ratio: This strategy aims to identify the portfolio allocation with the highest risk-adjusted return, also known as the tangency portfolio. The Sharpe ratio measures the return earned per unit of risk taken, allowing investors to find investments with the best risk-return tradeoff.

Minimize Standard Deviation: This strategy aims to optimize the portfolio by minimizing its overall risk and reducing volatility to create a more stable and predictable portfolio.

Target Return: This strategy aims to minimize portfolio performance volatility for a user-defined target return.

Target Standard Deviation: This strategy aims to maximize portfolio return for a user-defined target risk.

After running a strategy, advisors can analyze the optimized portfolio along an efficient frontier, enabling them to recommend the optimal security weights tailored to their client’s risk-reward preferences.

Correlation Matrix

The Correlation Matrix uses correlation coefficients ranging from -1.0 to 1.0. A correlation coefficient of 1.0 indicates a perfect positive linear relationship between two holdings, while -1.0 signifies a perfect negative linear relationship. A correlation coefficient of zero suggests no linear relationship between the portfolio holdings. By utilizing the Correlation Matrix, users can assess the degree of performance similarity among securities and make informed decisions to maintain a diversified portfolio.

Scenarios Future Dates

Users can now build out a hypothetical scenario that includes an end date that goes into the future. Using either CAPM Expected Return, 10-year Total Return, or a custom percentage rate of return, the Scenarios Builder is able to project future anticipated returns for any given strategy. See how to use this new feature:

Navigation Bar

The YCharts navigation menu has been reorganized to better group investment data types, frequently used tool workflows, and customer support resources. Note that “Sectors”, “Investment Strategies”, and “News” can now be found within the Tools section. Additionally, Model Portfolios is now listed as “Portfolios”.

June 2023 Summary

Pershing Integration

The integration between YCharts and BNY Pershing, which includes access to data via Pershing Advisory Solutions, lets users seamlessly import account holdings and weights to build model portfolios, create visually compelling comparison reports, perform in-depth portfolio analysis, and streamline the creation & sharing of client communication and prospecting materials across your team. Get started here.

Watchlist Manager

YCharters can now view all their watchlists on one page. Our Watchlist Manager tool allows you to create, edit, filter, share, and delete watchlists.

Report Builder

Updates to the Report Builder include:

Stress Test Modules: Gain insights into the performance of a security or model during the market’s most turbulent periods of time. Users can choose up to six different time periods for this full-page module, including the Financial Crisis (10/15/2007 – 3/2/2009), Real Estate Crisis (9/25/2006 – 3/31/2011), Coronavirus Crisis (2/20/2020 – 12/31/2020), and more.

Granular KPI Data

YCharts now offers granular KPI data for stocks, seamlessly integrated from stratosphere.io, throughout the platform. Pull in data points like Amazon’s “Advertising Revenue” or even “Paid Subscriber” numbers from Netflix or Disney+ into YCharts’ charting tools to provide a holistic view of a company’s performance for a more accurate analysis of its business operations. Not a particular dataset you’re interested in? Reach out to our Support Team to see if that information is available to be added to the platform.

Dark Mode

Instead of YCharts’ default dark text against a light background view, users can turn on Dark Mode to update their settings to display light color text presented against a darker backdrop, reducing the amount of light emitted from their computer screen. Navigate to your account’s User Preferences section to enable this feature.

May 2023 Summary

Report Builder

Updates to the Report Builder include:

Live Preview: When building an investment report or presentation template, users will now see the visuals and data they’ll be adding in real-time and up-to-date with the latest information. Previously, placeholder images were used until users generated the report.

Custom Text Modules: Users can now provide additional commentary tailored for their upcoming client or prospect conversations. Highlight any key metrics or insights to personalize reports even further. Additionally, users can use this module to add any additional disclosures not already automatically generated.

Scenarios

To streamline meeting prep for an upcoming prospect or client check-in, users can now download a PDF Report of any built Scenario. The report includes a Portfolio Summary, Net Contributions/ Withdrawals, and a Contribution/Withdrawals Table to cover all your bases. Additionally, Scenario modules of these same sections have been added to YCharts’ Report Builder to further customize your investment reports.

Alerts Manager

Users now have more control over their account’s notification preferences  Update and share  Alerts with your teams to monitor any important securities or portfolios you’re tracking. Additionally, users will be able to mute any previously shared alerts that aren’t of interest to them.

Data

A new set of Bloomberg Indices, including Municipal Bond Short 1-5 Year and Municipal Bond 1-10 Year Blend are now available. Browse all available Bloomberg indices on the platform here.

Stress Test Tab

Available for any security or previously created Model Portfolio, users can now perform a direct comparison against another security or portfolio of interest within their respective Stress Test Tab. Additionally, users will be able to download a PDF report that consolidates all of the modules within this tab, which will include any user-defined security comparisons and associated benchmarks to ensure a complete investment narrative.

Integrations

Users can now import Portfolio Groups through the Orion integration in addition to Client, Account, Model, or Model Aggregate data into YCharts, which were previously available, to power their report and proposal generation, as well as portfolio research and analysis.

April 2023 Summary

Report Builder

Updates to the Report Builder include:

Saved Asset Modules: Users will now be able to pull in previously saved charts and data tables to further customize their reports. This includes previously created investment insights from Fundamental Charts, Comp Tables, Scatter Plot, and Timeseries Analysis. 

Tearsheet Modules: Four tearsheet modules are now available, including:
– Security Tearsheets (targets securities within the report)
– Fixed Security (targets any security)
– Holdings (targets holdings of the securities within the report)
– Top Ten Underlying Holdings (targets the top ten overlapping holdings of the securities within the report)

Presentation Reports: A new report type to view information in landscape view that is ideal for presentations and for creating chart decks. A popular use case is for teams to create monthly (or quarterly) chart books that summarize market conditions and review recent economic trends. 

Y-Rating Reports

The proprietary Y-Rating is calculated using a combination of the security’s Value score, Fundamental score, and Valuation from Historical Multiples score. The updated Y-Ratings report consolidates a security’s key stats, company information, financial statements, and a breakdown of the three noted criteria that make up the Y-Rating.

Holdings Data

The Holdings Overlap tab is now calculated using all stock and bond holdings that are held in a portfolio or fund that have a weight >0.001%. Additionally, the Holdings Comparables tab now displays all of a fund and portfolio’s individual holdings.

Enhanced Benchmark Drop Down

Users now have the option to toggle between the Broad Asset Class (default) or the YCharts Categorized benchmark view, which utilizes more targeted indices, on any fund’s quote page. Associated metrics will recalculate to reflect the selected benchmark and any generated reports will also be updated as well.

How Can We Improve?

Best of all, our product is built on feedback received from our users. With that in mind, we welcome any and all suggestions on any tools and features that you believe would make YCharts even better.

Connect with YCharts

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