Date: Tue, 13 May 1997 01:40:34 -0400 From: Bob Rankin
Reply-To: TOURBUS-Request@LISTSERV.AOL.COM To: TOURBUS@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Subject: TOURBUS - 13 May 1997 - Yahoo! Portfolios /~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~|~\ | "Why | Surf When / You Can | Ride The | Bus?" / | \ |__________|__________/__________|__________|___________/ | \ / /______|----\ | Visit the TOURBUS website to see the Archives, |//////| | | FAQ, and Subscription Information! |//////| | | http://www.TOURBUS.com |//////| | | |//////| | ~~~/~~~\~~/~~~\~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~/~~~\~~~~ \___/ \___/ T h e I n t e r n e t T o u r B u s \___/ TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Yahoo Portfolios TODAY'S TOURBUS STOP: http://quote.yahoo.com Here's news of a really cool service recently made available at Yahoo. You'd think that as much as we hype Yahoo on the Tourbus, they must be paying us or something. But so far, they haven't gotten the hint. Before we begin, I encourage you to check out two free newsletters offered by today's TOURBUS sponsors: *----------------------- The Leebow Letter -----------------------* Every Friday receive an info packed newsletter! Sections include: Sites of the Week, The Net of It, Hype-O-Rama, and E-mail Rules. To subscribe send e-mail to *----------------- TheLeebowLetter@mailback.com ------------------* .------ THE DAILY BRIEF from INTELLIGENT NETWORK CONCEPTS ------. | Join our 25,000+ readers in receiving clear, concise and | | UNBIASED news summaries delivered via e-mail every week- | | day morning. Get your FREE subscription by sending e-mail | | to: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject SUBSCRIBE. | ._____________________ http://www.incinc.net ___________________. Today we visit the new Portfolios feature of Yahoo, which allows you to track your investment portfolio in almost real-time, for free! Let's start our tour at: http://quote.yahoo.com/ When this page is loaded, you'll see a line reading: Portfolios (beta): [Log In] Click on [Log In] and either use your existing Yahoo account, or create a new account with Yahoo to access Portfolios and other cool features. Yahoo crosses it virtual heart and swears to die before making your personal or portfolio information available to anyone. It's not a big deal to create a Yahoo account - they don't ask for your real name, phone number, address or shoe size. All you have to pony up is your birthday, zipcode, occupation and e-mail address to gain entry. That's a small price to pay and I suggest that you resist the temptation to enter bogus data when creating your account. Press the "LOGIN" button to continue. Okay, now you're logged in. The next step is to click on Create New Portfolio Let's create a sample portfolio, just to take this thing for a test drive. When the next page appears, enter a creative Portfolio Name like "TEST1". Now in the Symbols box, enter "IBM MSFT". (These are the ticker symbols for IBM Corp and Microsoft). Scroll down and click on the "Enter More Info" button. Now you have the opportunity to enter the number shares owned and, if you wish, the original purchase price of each stock. For this test, just enter "100" as the number of shares for each stock and click the "Done" button. The next screen made my jaw drop the first time I saw it. Here's a slightly condensed rendition: Symbol Price Chg Shrs Value Change More Info ------ ------- ------ ---- ------- --------- --------- IBM 173 1/2 +6 100 $17,350 $600 3.6% Chart, News MSFT 118 1/8 +1 3/8 100 $11,812 $137 1.2% Profile, Research 2 symbols - Portfolio Value: $29,162 $737 2.6% Wow - not just the closing prices, like other websites offer. But the value of your investment in each stock, your total portfolio value, and links to other really cool stuff. Pick CHART to get 3 month, 1 year, 2 year, or 5 year price graphs. Pick NEWS to view recent related news stories, and find out why that stock went up or down. Pick PROFILE to access Hoover's company profile for a stock. Pick RESEARCH to view Zack's stock market research and find (among other info) what savvy brokers are recommending in terms of Buy, Hold or Sell decisions for a company's stock. A "Download Spreadsheet Format" link is also provided at the end of the stock quotes. Click on this link to download a file you can import into spreadsheet programs such as Excel and Quicken. Just save this file to disk and open with your spreadsheet program. (Macintosh users: ignore the message about needing a plug-in and just save the file.) Open this file in Excel as a comma-separated text file, or in Quicken, use the Import Prices command. You can even track the value of money market or other cash-based funds with Yahoo Portfolios. I'm hooked, even though I'm not a Wall Street whiz with massive holdings. Give it a try! See you next time. --Bob ======================================================================== Join : Send SUBSCRIBE TOURBUS Your Name to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Leave : Send SIGNOFF TOURBUS to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.AOL.COM Archives: On the Web at http://www.TOURBUS.com Advertising: E-mail BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND TBRATES =----------------------------------------------------------------------= --> "Doctor Bob's Painless Guide To The Internet" <-- Send e-mail to BobRankin@MHV.net w/ Subject: SEND BOOKINFO or browse reviews & sample chapters at http://biz.mhv.net/drbob NEW: Order online from a SECURE StrongHold web server! ======================================================================== TOURBUS - (c) Copyright 1995-97, Patrick Crispen and Bob Rankin All rights reserved. Redistribution is allowed only with permission. Send this copy to 3 friends and tell them to get on the Bus!