Computerized Investing > December 2010

The Top Comprehensive Websites

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by Joe Lan

The Internet has revolutionized the way information is distributed. There are thousands of financial websites offering education, data and tips on stocks, bonds, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs). This comparison focuses on the best comprehensive financial websites for data coverage, investment research and global news. These sites also offer useful tools such as stock and fund screeners and portfolio trackers, and provide valuable data for fundamental and technical analysis. Using these areas in conjunction will help you to analyze and select appropriate investments.

Most of the sites in this comparison offer an abundance of information and data free of charge. Some sites also offer additional tools and research for a fee.

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Joseph from OH posted over 7 years ago:

Very valuable information.
I've used all three websites occasionally.
But now I know what they are strong at.
So when I am looking for specific information I know where to go.
Many thanks.

Peter from ME posted over 7 years ago:

Made me think of all the things I am not doing to track and invest for my portfolio.

George from PA posted over 7 years ago:

This was a very helpful article. One thing that has been bothering me about portfolio trackers though is their bias towards non-dividend paying stocks. That is:

I have yet to see an online portfolio tracker that provides accurate comparison between dividend paying funds and non-dividend funds because, invariably the dividends are lumped into the cost as a purchase. So, even with a 10% dividend the fund will show as a loser whenever its price declines -- even if it is only 1%.

It seems to me that when a fund pays a 10% dividend but the NAV drops by 1% it should show up as gaining 9% rather than losing 1%.

Jeffrey from IN posted over 7 years ago:

I use Finviz for screening, model portfolios, and use the links to Yahoo message boards for trader commentary. The first page of Finviz has a lot of information at a glance.
For charting beyond the basics of Finviz, I use Yahoo.
I use ETFReplay occasionally as well.
Happy holidays everyone.

Robert from AR posted over 7 years ago:

Portfolio tracking is important and as the article says a useful and desired feature.

That said, use of an on-line service for portfolio tracking and record keeping seems like it begs for a security related intrusion.

I have reasonable security credentials and am considered fairly computer literate. Based on my experience and concerns we focused on the use of an off-line Portfolio Manager tool that maintains a database on our systems, not on the Internet.

We have developed a protocol that allows us to 'bundle' the portfolio of our holdings and upload it for analysis and review to Morningstar. The Portfolio Manager software on our internal system interfaces with Yahoo Finance to download current pricing and other activity. Subsequent to the analysis activity we can then delete the portfolio from the Morningstar web site.

A word of humor/caution -- "Just because you may be paranoid does not mean they are not out to get you". Security is a big concern and should be considered.

Thomas from MI posted over 7 years ago:

great information giving excellent insights

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