Looking to mind your business somewhere other than Google Finance? Here are some of its most popular competitors.
Yahoo Finance is often cited as one of Google Finance's chief rivals, and has been around longer. It features many of the same functions as Google Finance, including a service to let you manage your own stock portfolio. It also has financial news (including some that is exclusive to Yahoo), which you can sort and customize according to the stocks in your portfolio. You can also compare the performance of groups of stocks, get detailed quotes on specific stocks, and ask for advice on the Yahoo Finance message boards.
This personal financial application can track the market performance for whatever stocks you add to your portfolio, as well for the last 10 stocks that you looked for information on. One of its major advantages is that it's run by Bloomberg, a company that specializes in economics news, information, and software. Therefore, you won't have to go far to find all the information you'll need to plan out your next financial moves. One of the major disadvantages of this application, though, is that because Bloomberg does so many other things, financial data for individual stocks is only available for up to the last 5 years (at least without purchasing their professional service). And, like most free financial trackers, its market data is delayed by at least 15 minutes.
This British-based market data website is fairly new, but it is quickly becoming a trusted name in the financial world. It allows you to use an advanced collection of financial tools, including a virtual stock-tracking portfolio, breaking economic news (both on the website and via email), detailed company profiles, stock performance charts, and more. Best of all, the only thing you need to do is sign up -- the service is absolutely free to use! The downside is that, like Google Finance, its interface doesn't look that pretty, and can be confusing at times.
Microsoft has its own free financial service to compete with Google and Yahoo, and it comes loaded with features. In addition to a stock screener, financial news, company (performance) information, and the ability to create your own investment watchlist, MSN Money offers several additional tools. They include a currency converter, mortgage calculator, retirement planner, savings tracker, and return-on-investment calculator. It can also connect you to places where you can actually trade stocks online, although this costs money.
This Chicago-based investment research firm has services that are a bit of a mix between those of Yahoo Finance and MSN Money. Signing up for an account gives you standard functions of reviewing financial news, managing your own portfolio of stocks, analyzing and comparing investments, and discussing market advice with other users. A paid subscription gets you access to Morningstar's top-end stock screeners, premium newsletters, and exclusive financial analyst reports. A two-week free trial of their paid service is available.
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