Date:         Tue, 23 Mar 1999 23:12:59 -0500
Sender:       The Internet TourBus - A virtual tour of cyberspace
From:         Bob Rankin 
Subject:      TOURBUS - 23 Mar 1999 - Online Investing
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            TODAY'S TOURBUS TOPIC: Online Investing
If you're an investor, there lots of great resources on the Net that
will help you keep track of your portfolio, keep up with the latest
market news, do company research, and even do your trading online.
Today's TOURBUS will point you in the right direction if you're looking
for a little help finding the best stock market and financial websites.
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Yahoo Finance is one of my favorite sites in the "highly useful" section
of my bookmarks.  And I'm not just saying that because a free Yahoo
Finance t-shirt mysteriously arrived in my mailbox a few months ago.  At
Yahoo Finance, you get a lot more than stock quotes and closing prices,
like other websites offer.  If you take a few minutes to enter your
portfolio data, you can track 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 SEC to see recent SEC filings made by the company.
- Pick MSGS to access a chat board where you can yack it up with other
  investors about the company.
- Pick PROFILE to access Market Guide'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.
- Pick INSIDER to see what stock trades are being made by company
  insiders.  Is the CEO selling?  Are board members buying?  Find out! 
InfoBeat Finance sends you a daily e-mail message containing closing
prices and news for your personalized portfolio of market indices, mutual
funds and securities from the three major U.S. exchanges.  This makes it
easy to keep up with the latest market news before it appears in the
newspapers.  You can also signup for news alerts during the day if hot
news comes across the wire for one of the companies you follow. 
Vacuum up a goldmine of business intelligence.  Find vital stats for
for more than 10,000 companies with description,  contact information,
Web links, the latest stock quotes, and more.  Hoovers offers both the
company capsules (for free) and the expanded company profiles (for a
membership fee). 
Michael Griffis is the site guide for the Stocks topic on the Mining
Company's excellent family of websites.  Mike says his site will help you
analyze investments and investment strategies.  You'll find Internet
investment tools and links to good analysis, charting, and portfolio
management software.  Mike doesn't recommend specific stocks, but does
guide visitors to Internet sites that have the tools and information
needed to make good decisions.
Of particular interest on this site is the roundup of Online Broker
Rankings.  You can find several different perspectives on which of the
online brokers are the best and the worst. 
Online brokers have been around for only three years, but already they
have captured 30% of the retail investor market.  You've probably read
stories about "day traders" who seek their fortune buying and selling
stock online - sometimes holding shares for only a few minutes.  If you
want to join the fray, here are a few online brokerages that were rated
highly in the reviews I mentioned above:
   DLJ Direct - 
   Discover Brokerage Direct - 
   National Discount Brokers - 
   Web Street Securities - 
I have not personally used any of these, so don't blame me if you lose
your shirt in the market.  On the other hand, if you make a killing in
online investing, I want you to remember all the good advice I just gave
you.  :-)
See you next time!  --Bob Rankin
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