WSJ.com Review

So, we've given you a brief introduction to the Wall Street Journal Online.  So, how does WSJ.com rate when compared to other news websites of its kind?  Read on and see what we thought.

Pros

  • See what's happening on Wall Street without actually being there -- True to its namesake, the Wall Street Journal Online has a comprehensive section of financial information, from worldwide commodity prices to currency exchange rates to how companies are doing on the stock market.

  • Go beyond the business -- WSJ.com doesn't just have financial news; it contains stories and viewpoints on topics such as politics & world issues, science & technology, arts & entertainment, and health & lifestyle.  Check it out!

  • Get news that moves -- WSJ.com also has a video section where you can view coverage and analysis of hot topics that are making news in the U.S. and beyond.  Most of the videos are free to access, too!

Cons

  • You have to trade to be an insider -- most content and functions on WSJ.com are limited or even completely locked if you don't have a subscriber's account.  And subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal Online are somewhat expensive, costing around $30 per month.

  • You may not find this agreeable -- as with most media outlets, there are assertions that the Wall Street Journal's content is somewhat politically biased.  This is especially because it is published by the famous business conglomerate Dow Jones, and is now owned by News Corp (founded by Rupert Murdoch, a noted conservative).  You may or may not share the point of view of the stories or opinions that you find on WSJ.com; we urge you to keep an open mind and think critically.

The bottom line: 6.5/10

The biggest draw for WSJ.com is its wealth of free financial information (no pun intended).  It contains comprehensive statistics for most major markets, currencies, and commodities throughout the world, along with tools for comparing them.  But the Wall Street Journal isn't a one-dimensional paper.  It has stories from around the world on everything from the latest lifestyle and pop culture trends to developments in science and technology to the latest battlegrounds, both political and literal.  Most of its video content is free to watch as well.

The big thing that hurts WSJ.com is that most of its non-financial, non-video content is locked behind a paywall (but hey, quality news isn't cheap to produce).  And even if you do buy a subscription to the Wall Street Journal Online, you may not like what you read in terms of the political or economic tone that some of the stories and (especially) opinion pieces take.  Sadly, there is no "free trial" option to try before you buy (though WSJ.com does have flexible refund policies).

 

Overall, you're just going to have to try WSJ.com and see if you like it.  If you don't, then you can switch to a competitor.  Speaking of which, let's get you up to speed by telling you a bit about WSJ.com's prices, and then get you started using the Wall Street Journal Online!

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