New datasets illuminate risky ‘pledged securities’ for investment analysis, due diligence

Until now, information around this opaque type of dataset has been hard to find, though it’s becoming increasingly important to financial analysts.

The starting point for investigating any potential investment is a company’s balance sheet. Good analysis of its fundamentals may prompt analysts and portfolio managers to invest in a company, or not. But a healthy-looking balance sheet can still hide liabilities—for example, cash raised by companies or investors pledging company stock as a way of capital can turn a seemingly attractive investment into a potentially risky one. As the practice grows, data vendors are building datasets to shed

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