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03/17/2010

New Member Benefit: Invitation to SumZero


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SumZeroNYSSA has partnered with SumZero, an invitation-only online networking site designed to link buy-side analysts. SumZero currently consists of more than 2,300 analysts/PMs and membership is by invitation-only. Almost every well-known hedge fund, private equity fund, and mutual fund is represented in the user base. 

Among other features, SumZero has three key elements. First, SumZero contains a growing database of over 1,200 concise and actionable investment write-ups focused on valuation. Submitting a write-up is not required, but only those members who post an idea can access the database. The database is fully searchable by basic valuation metrics, investment type (value, event-driven, etc.), asset class, time until expected realization, sector, and a variety of other criteria.

Second, in our online directory of analysts, each member lists three or more tickers for companies he/she has extensively researched. As such, an analyst can search for a company he/she is interested in and find the buy-side analyst at another leading firm who has already spent months researching that name and initiate a dialogue. The value of this when an analyst is just beginning to look at a name is obvious, as is the value of collaboration once an analyst has a full position. As a by-product, an analyst grows his network.

Finally, SumZero contains a growing database of buy-side financial models that cannot be found elsewhere. SumZero models are one, two, or three statement spreadsheets depicting not only an analyst's forward projections on a company but the assumptions behind the numbers. Other types of models such as comp sheets, precedent transactions, LBO, merger, and risk arb models are available on this database.

There is no cost associated with signing up for this networking site. Please email founder Divya Narendra at divya@sumzero.com with your investing background for an invitation to join. Submitting an actionable investment write-up will help speed up your application process. Sample write-ups off the SumZero idea database can be found at: www.sumzero.com/guest

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