Product Updates & Company News

Scheduled System Maintenance: October 5th

Who this impacts:

Users of the new Financial DNA investor experience and the DNA API

What is happening:

From time to time, our hosting provider, Microsoft Azure requires DNA to update systems to maintain uptime, scalability, and security best practices. Microsoft Azure has recommended that we restart our systems to apply new settings available.

Most users of the DNA systems will not be impacted during this temporary maintenance window. During this time, features hosted on dnabehavior.biz will remain available. New discoveries and the use of the DNA Admin System will not be affected. Only users of the DNA API and the new Financial DNA investor experience will be impacted.

When it’s happening:

Scheduled maintenance window planned for October 5th between 1:00 am, and 6:00 am ET.

Actions to take if this affects you:

If your firm leverages the DNA API or the investor.dnabehavior.com discovery process, new discoveries and new requests for insights will not be available. Following this release at 6:00 am ET, all systems will once again be available.

For the DNA API, it is suggested that you make POST and GET calls outside of this window.

For users of the Financial DNA investor experience, if you typically have investor completing discoveries between 1:00 am, and 6:00 am ET the discovery process may be unavailable. We suggest that you let your clients know to complete the discovery outside of this window or to leverage self-registration links pointing to dnabehavior.biz (rather than investor.dnabehavior.com).  

Scheduled Maintenance Planned for August 1

Who this impacts:
All users of the DNA Behavior Platform (API users and Parters, Enterprise users, and Retail Subscription users)

What is happening:
Over the past year, we have launched several new features such as the DNA API and the all-new Financial DNA Investor Experience that have increased the demand on our DNA platform and cloud-based Microsoft Azure hosting network. To keep up with the increased demand, we are adding more servers and resources. A temporary maintenance period will occur in our Production environment. Below are details about this scheduled maintenance.

The release will occur on Saturday, August 1 between 1:30 am, and 3:30 am ET. During this period, our system will not be available. We advise that your team run a few tests following this release to ensure that everything is working as expected on the production instance. As always, if there are any issues or questions, we will be available to assist.

When it’s happening:
This scheduled maintenance will occur on Saturday, August 1 between 1:30 am, and 3:30 am ET.

How this affects you:
All users (participants, admins, and API users) will not be able to use the DNA Platform on Saturday, August 1 between 1:30 am and 3:30 am ET. Following this release, the site will be available as usual.

Major Release: Architectural Changes in Summer 2020

Update: Release of Architectural Changes Delayed until December 2020

Updated

This original notice was posted on June 3rd and updated on June 17th. We will postpone this API Endpoint URL change until December 2020 to allow our clients to make any necessary preparations for this change.

What is happening:

Over the past year, we have launched several new features such as the DNA API and the all-new Financial DNA Investor experience that have increased the demand on our DNA platform and cloud-based Microsoft Azure hosting system. To keep up with the increased demand we are adding more servers and resources. In order to complete this exercise, there will be a temporary maintenance period within our Production and Sandbox environments. Below are details about this scheduled maintenance and a workaround so that you and your business are not affected.

Who this impacts:

All users who access the DNA Behavior Platform (dnabehavior.biz) and API during the release period.

When it is happening:

Users will be affected during the following release periods:

How this affects you:

While our platform will remain active, the domains www.dnabehavior.biz and https://api.dnabehavior.biz will be
unavailable temporarily during this release period.

Actions you can take so that this doesn’t affect you:

To prepare for this upcoming release, we previously set up additional domain names to be accessed during this time to minimize the impacts on you and your clients. These domains will remain active to minimize the impacts of this maintenance on your business. You can use additional domain names during this time are listed below. Please note, these new domain names will be available beginning at the times and dates below and will remain active following the release.

https://sandbox-api.dnabehavior.com – API URL for the Sandbox environment

https://sandbox-admin.dnabehavior.com – Admin system URL for the Sandbox environment

https://api.dnabehavior.com – API URL for the Production environment

https://admin.dnabehavior.com – Admin System URL for the Production environment

Customized Experiences Include Helping Investors Manage Market Fears

Customized Experiences Include Helping Investors Manage Market Fears

Before I jump into this product announcement, I would like you to know that we planned this launch months ago, long before there were hints of our current market disruption. While Market Mood does aid in managing client’s fears in volatile markets, our intention is not to attempt to capitalize on these difficult times or the concerns of investors. Stories are starting to come in from the DNA community members around the world about these trying times and we are seeing the fear and emotions that DNA measures, come to life.  The fear and emotions that investors are experiencing is real and it would be a disservice for us to make these times an opportunity for DNA. For this reason, if you feel that this tool will help your firm or aid in your ability to manage your client’s fears – we will work with you however we can by providing trials or waiving steps or fees to simplify the onboarding and get you started. 

Our team at DNA Behavior released a new behavioral finance API endpoint called the Market MoodTM API to help financial services firms measure clients’ market fear or exuberance. This Fintech tool arms them with data to behaviorally manage clients during times of market volatility.

While financial advisors have been using Market Mood since 2015, the API provides a flexible, relatively quick way for firms large and small to scale this solution.

Stopping Clients From Making Financial Mistakes

The Market Mood API measures the current level of market fear or exuberance for each investor. It also provides easy-to-understand behavioral management tips and action items for investment advisors (and Fintech applications) to behaviorally manage or “nudge” their clients, in a way that is tailored to each client via automated customization.

Research affirms that investment advisors bring the most value to clients by stopping them from making impulsive decisions that change investment positions at the wrong time. Our own research tells us that, in typical market conditions, using Market Mood can help advisors bring an additional 150 bps to investors; however, in adverse volatility, this can increase to higher amounts.

Like all DNA Behavior tools, Market Mood helps individuals easily (and practically) apply behavior to create customized experiences. In this case, advisors & Fintech apps customize the experience for investors, easily using behavioral finance nudging techniques (traditionally only addressed in advanced textbooks and research papers).

Investor clients typically have one of two reactions to market events. A reaction to market news they hear regarding movements of a particular index, such as the S&P 500, and a reaction when they see their actual portfolio in their investment app. With the Market Mood API, we help firms measure both reactions; the API measures client-specific Moods as well as Moods powered by market indices.

Nearly Each Clients Will Have a Different Reaction to the Same Market Event

It’s logical that clients will react differently to the same market events, but traditionally, firms and advisors treat each client the same when markets are volatile. With recent market shifts caused by events such as the China trade talks, Brexit, and now the coronavirus outbreak, some investors are opportunistic when the markets are down, and others are fearful.

In sharing his experience, Shay Woodward of Performance Wealth says that, “Market Mood is a new way of thinking about and looking at my DNA Client Data and how clients will react to the stock market. The communication cues and tips provide a structured approach to engaging with my clients. I continue to find better ways to engage with my clients using Market Mood.”

Market Moods Clients May Have

There are eight different Market Moods, represented with four colors to easily demonstrate the level of urgency for financial services teams.

Market Moods, when investment returns are positive:

  • Comfortable
  • Exuberant
  • Watchful
  • Apprehensive

Market Moods, when investment returns are negative:

  • Comfortable
  • Opportunistic
  • Concerned
  • Fearful

Learn more about Market Mood: Download the Market Mood Brochure

Market Mood API Documentation

API Security: New Rate Limiting Policy

In early March, we will be adding a new rate-limiting policy for the DNA APIs. This upgrade is to ensure site availability and security in support of all of our customers and partners.

While we do not publish a rate-limiting policy, we might temporarily rate limit if we identify traffic that appears to be abusive. We rate limit until we are confident that the activity is not problematic for DNA Behavior, our partners, or our customers.

To ensure maximum protection for the site, we constantly evaluate traffic as it surges and subsides to adjust our policies. If you or your customers receive the HTTP 429 Unprocessable Entity – RATE_LIMIT_REACHED status code, which indicates too many requests and might indicate anomalous traffic, we rate limit to ensure site stability.

Limits:

Depending on the API endpoint, the request limit and the rate limit window in which the request limit resets vary.

Each endpoint is configured with a bucket that defines the following:

  • the request limit, and
  • the rate limit window (per second, per minute, per hour, and so on)

If your firm has specific requirements or standards for API requests, the above items can be configured on a per-account basis. Contact your account representative to discuss this.

Exceeding the Rate Limit:

If you exceed the provided rate limit for a given API endpoint, you will receive a response with HTTP Status Code 429 (Too Many Requests). You can refer to the HTTP Response Headers for more information on the rate limits applicable to that endpoint.

Actions such as rapidly updating configuration settings, aggressive polling, or making highly concurrent API calls may result in your app being rate limited.

If your app triggers the rate limit, please refrain from making additional requests until the appropriate amount of time has elapsed.