The Top 8 Sites for Company, Industry & Sector and Economic News and Analysis
CI editors list and review the best investment and financial websites.
August 16, 2014
At a Glance:
- Free commentary and analysis
- Understandable and digestible
MarketWatch is a well-established website-only source for market and economic commentary and analysis. It offers editorials from a wide variety of commentators, many of whom are actively involved in the markets. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary, investment tools and data. In addition, MarketWatch also offers subscription products for investors. Its uniqueness comes from the depth and quality of the coverage and analysis.
MarketWatch provides individual company information along with the ability to research by sector or industry. A live news feed on the home page helps keep the website fresh. The At a Glance section in the Economy area is particularly useful, as you are able to learn a lot about the state of the U.S. economy from a few simple charts such as nonfarm payrolls growth, the unemployment rate and retail sales, among others. By pointing your cursor at different points in a given chart, the historical data point is shown, which can help you understand the trend in that data itself as well as in the context of the broader economy.
A clear economic calendar is provided that helps investors prepare their portfolios for any big data releases. There is also a section for news about the U.S. Federal Reserve, which can move the markets substantially whenever it issues any statements.
Most of the material on the MarketWatch website is very approachable for an individual investor. Commentary is written both from informational and opinion perspectives. While there are websites with fancier tools or more complicated analysis, whether they would be more useful than MarketWatch for an individual investor is debatable.