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Effective Data Visualization in Finance Industry

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In this article, we’ll consider how you can use the Webix framework for data visualization in the financial sector. We’ll discuss some useful features provided by this development tool and take a look at a use case that demonstrates how a real web application intended to the analysis of economic indicators built with Webix widgets.

If you’d like to successfully track the situation on the market and predict future trends, you must pay close attention to gathering and further analysis of leading financial indicators. The nature of modern economics does not allow spending a lot of time on such kind of researches. Trends change rapidly, so the task of processing vast volumes of data that contain financial indicators of different types has become a real challenge. But it’s not enough to just analyze the gathered data. What’s even more important is to present the results of such analysis in a convenient and easy to understand form. One of the obvious solutions is the data visualization. Different types of charts and graphs allow significantly reduce the effort required to perceive and analyze the information. When you work with tables of data, it requires some time before you can draw any conclusions, but a correctly drawn diagram is usually understandable at a glance.

Visualization of Financial Data

So, let’s check how Webix can help with data visualization in the financial industry.

Webix Visualization Tools

As it been said, one of the most common forms of data visualization is a chart. And Webix UI Framework has dozens of them.

Webix widgets for Financial Visualization

The list of available options includes Pie, Donut, Line, Spline, Bar, Area, Scatter charts, and other types. Following the declarative programming paradigm, Webix allows creating diagrams with minimal effort, spending as little time as possible. All that developer has to do is to for creating a basic chart define the chart type that he wants to get and set the source of data. Webix will take care of all the underlying job related to HTML and CSS. But do not let the seeming simplicity of use to mislead you. Webix charts are fully customizable and can be easily configured to meet your needs. Let’s take a look at some features of this kind of visualization.

You can combine different types of graphs within a chart. It helps to compare multiple data sets, what is very useful for the financial industry. Clicking on the legend, you can hide or show a particular graph. Combining the graphical representation of several data sets may significantly simplify the comparative analysis. For example, you can display the sales of different company branches along with the overall company sales. Besides providing information on the state of affairs, such graph will allow you to assess the contribution of each corporate division.

Webix widgets for Financial Visualization

You can add buttons that allow sorting or filtering the represented data according to particular criteria.

To predict long-term financial trends, you must first accumulate a sufficient amount of data. Analysis of indicators distributed over a large time interval implies some visualization issues. Gather all the available data in a single chart, and you’ll get a mess. Create a series of charts, and you’ll have to switch back and forth between them. And what timescale should be chosen? A decade, a year, or maybe a month? Instead of trying to predict all the nuances, you can provide a user with the possibility to change the way data is displayed on-the-fly. Range chart is a special type of chart that allows displaying a particular data range. To select the range that you’re interested, you can move the frame at the bottom of the chart. You can use it for displaying financial data relating to a specific period.

Webix widgets for Financial Visualization

There’s also a possibility to demonstrate how data changes over the time using Dynamic charts. The rendering of each item in such kind of diagrams is animated. This feature can be used in apps intended for monitoring a continuously changing data flow. For example, you can create dynamic stock charts that provide users with information on any publicly traded company.

Visualization of Financial Data

The appearance of Webix charts if fully configurable. Using CSS, you can get any desirable look to be sure that it matches the design of your application. You can set the height, width, color, orientation and many other parameters. Using style presets you can allow users to change the chart’s appearance on-the-fly. You can also change the chart’s legend and scale the way you want. By default, X and Y axes are formed automatically according to the used data set. But you can change that behavior by creating a template for text label of each axis.

Visualization of Financial Data

We’ve considered only the basic features of Webix charts that can give you a general idea of how they can be used for data visualization in the financial sector. Of course, despite the functionality of the chart widget, it’s barely possible to develop a full featured web application without any additional components. And Webix has a lot to offer. Among a wide variety of widgets of different level of complexity intended to work with various types of data, you will no doubt find those that can become a basis for your app. In particular, it’s hard to imagine applications for the analysis of financial information that doesn’t provide its users with the possibility to display enlisted data grouped and filtered according to particular criteria. Data visualization widgets such as DataTable or Pivot can provide the mentioned functionality.

Visualization of Financial Data

We can spend a long time discussing available Webix components and their advantages. But the question is it worth discussing bricks if we can look at a house that can be built from them. For a better understanding of the possible results that you can achieve using Webix in your project, let’s check a real life use case of this framework.

CDMNext. A Web Application for Leading Economic Indicators Analysis

CDMNext is a web app built with Webix and other web technologies. It’s intended for visualization of economic and financial indicators in the form of charts, maps, diagrams, and tables. The main challenge was to provide the possibility to work with up to 4 million data series gathered from 1,5 thousand of sources.

Data Visualization in Finance

The data with which the application was supposed to work contains most recent and historical financial indicators of 128 economies from all around the world. The task was to develop an application with user-friendly and flexible user interface that allows getting access to the available financial data and also create custom visualizations based on certain criteria.

As a result of developer’s work, the customer got an advanced cloud-based platform for financial and investment researches. The tool allows searching and data visualization, works flawlessly on the desktop and mobile devices. A user can visualize its own insights and create up to 15 views, choosing a preferred style. In this particular example, Webix was used for rendering huge portions of data in a data table.

Conclusions

When we talk about financial analysis, time means a lot. The possibility to adapt to rapidly changing markets is the key to success. But the amount of data continuously grows, which turns its analysis into the issue that can be hardly solved without involving applications specially designed for such kind of tasks. Since the world does not stand still, the amount of time spent on development also plays its role. Webix is a framework that is intended to eliminate the efforts required for application development. It provides you with plenty of widgets that you can use to display data in different ways. Dozens of chart types, advanced data components along with the possibility to combine this framework with other development tools are quite good reasons for paying attention to it.

You can also use our Webix customization services to build apps with similar functionality.

Find out more about custom web applications created with the Webix technology in our selected case studies:

cdmnext case

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Aleksandra Dikusar

XB Software content marketing manager. She is passionate about everything related to Marketing&Digital, always open for new, creative and crazy things.