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Trading finance intelligence with Twitter
German economic scientists have set up an online platform called ‘TweetTrader’ that helps analyze stock and market information provided by tweets on Twitter. It aims at predicting market outcomes by using textual analysis filters and specific algorithms.
Why it matters
Market researchers are already relying on social media analysis tools to understand consumers better. Now the analysis of tweets is being transferred to financial / information markets. Will the expertise of some financial analysts become obsolete thanks to the wisdom of the crowd?
Barclays bank has set an interesting website for its clients – the Barclays Circle. It’s presented as a social media platform where customers can interact instantaneously with their bank, but also with other customers. Users can get the opinions of banking experts and other customers on financial products and services, as well as give their own opinions.
Green mortgages and loans are the latest effort by banks and credit unions to encourage eco-friendly development. Home equity loans requested for installing solar panels as well as mortgages for homes that meet a certain energy efficiency requirement are subject to reduced loan rates and other benefits.