Back in the days it was extremely complicated to research information about a particular company. You had to go to the library and sort through thousands of microfiche in order to get information that was already 6 months to a year old. With the internet revolution, finding information has become child’s play. The flow of information is instantaneous and easily accessible to anyone. Fortunately for us, we can access the same information big time fund managers have access to when picking stocks.
Following, I will present you with a few sources for information. Ideally, the best option is to subscribe to a good independent research house. Prices for such services have come down to very affordable levels. But for the sake of this post I will present you with free online sources.
Here you can find almost about anything regarding your favorite stocks. From historical prices to earnings reports and charts. Google Finance gathers the information from its internet database and compiles it all in one place.
Seeking Alpha serves as a large community of research analysts who wish to publically share their analysis. Here you can find more in depth information about a particular stock or industry. The issue with this site is that there is so much information on it that it may be a little time consuming to find what you need. But if you take the time to dig, you will be greatly rewarded with unique content.
Yahoo Finance is Google Finance’s double ganger. If Google misses something, you may be able to find it here. It is always good to check both sites when doing your homework.
MSN Money scans the internet to find you all the stories related to the stocks you follow. Create a list of stocks to add to your watch list and follow real-time news articles about them. You can also view fundamental data such as balance sheets and income statements, but it is more limited than in Google Finance or Yahoo Finance.
This is literally the “holy grail” of investing. Investopedia has amounted a treasure of information about any financial term ever used. You’ll be able to understand anything financial experts say by simply looking it up here. It is very simple to understand and easy to use. In addition to that, you can also create your own mock portfolio and see how you do in the market without using real money.
For the technical chart readers out there. Don’t worry. I have not forgotten you. Check these sites out for your chart analysis needs.
Offers a clean and flexible way of looking at stock charts. These stocks charts are community driven to provide analysis in the form of optional annotations on each chart. Community aside, TradingView also supports extensively detailed charts, not to mention better pricing than StockCharts.com for those who want access to advanced featured and/or real-time data.
Perhaps the simplest charting website to use. Stock charts brings chart analysis to the masses in a fun simple way.
Possibly the best stock screening page online. Finbiz brings a comprehensive set of tools to screen stocks according to the desired parameters. It makes it simple to find out which stocks are above or below trend lines, moving averages, which stocks are breaking out or breaking down, which are over sold or over bought, etc.
Disclaimer: None of the sources presented in this post have paid me nor Sylvia’s Traders Lounge for posting their information. The list above consists of personal opinion only. This is not a solicitation to buy nor sell any product. Do your own due diligence before purchasing any offered products on any of these sites.