Good financial information is the foundation on which a profitable portfolio is built. Here’s a bunch of sites we find ourselves returning to time and time again to top up on up-to-date investor information.

ADVFN

ADVFN is the one of the worlds largest equity trading websites offering the private investor free streaming prices from the London Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange and many more exchanges from around the world (including indice and forex tracking). It offers a range of powerful stock tracking tools and charts and bulletin boards. For the unintiated the site at first glance may appear busy but after time you’ll appreciate it’s industrious use of space. In indispensable financial package for those serious about their trading.

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BBC Business

The BBC Business website offers up a load of financial information, comment and analysis from all over the world. But the beauty of the BBC is the speed in which it updates it’s website. When a big financial story breaks and you’re watching your portfolio spin into a nosedive, head for the BBC and chances are they’ll have at least the bones of the story online within minutes. They also offer a nice little pop-up application – theMarketwatch ticker. The Marketwatch ticker provides values of the four major currency pairs (Sterling, Dollar, Euro and Yen) and six key stock indexes – London’s FTSE 100, Frankfurt’s Dax, Euronext Paris’ Cac 40, and Wall Street’s Dow Jones Industrial Average, Nasdaq and Standard & Poor’s 500. Click on any of the indexes or currencies to see graphs showing its movements during the trading day and over the past three months or click on the winners and losers tab on top of the Marketwatch ticker to see the best and worst performing shares of the day on the London Stock Exchange, the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq, Frankfurt’s Deutsche Boerse and Euronext Paris. The markets in a nutshell.

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Bloomberg

Launched back in 1995 Bloomberg.com has consistently ranked among the world’s top financial web sites and is a great place to catch any breaking financial news. Investors will find a host of investment tools including calculators, stock quotes and interactive charts. Market Data on Bloomberg.com covers most regions of the world and includes data on exchange-traded funds, stocks, bonds and currencies.

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Financial Times

The FT is considered the Bible amongst City workers – as is evidenced by the number of suits spreading it’s salmon coloured sheets on any tube train you care to catch heading toward Bank of a morning. Its free online version offers only a glimpse of what is available to subscribers.Subscription affords the user tons of in-depth fundamental information on all London and New York listed companies as well as market analysis and comment. Email alerts on breaking news as well as sector summaries and a useful search feature that accesses 5 years of archived material. The Financial Times also provides a portfolio tracking tool but prices are delayed which is a little disappointing. With the depth of quality free financial information on the net perhaps paying for a subscription to the FT may be seen as a luxury, but there’s no doubting the quality of the financial info it offers its users andsubscription levels speak for themselves. Give their 2 week free trial a whirl and make up your own mind.

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FTSE

The FTSE Group calculates over 120,000 indices covering more than 77 countries and all major asset classes. They provide an evolving range of index products to help investors make more informed investment decisions with confidence.

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Interactive Investor

Interactive Investor is one of the online financial service leaders in the United Kingdom. Interactive Investor provides a wide array of financial services such as a portfolio feature to track your investments – with advanced charting features. It also offers online equity trading, financial spread betting and contracts for difference trading. It has some of the busiest financial bulletin boards in the UK as well as tons of information on ISAs, funds, pensions mortagages and personal finance.

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London South East

London South East is one of the UK’s leading independent share and general financial information websites.

Packed with up-to-the-minute market news, prices and charting and some of the most frequented investor bulletin boards on the net, LSE.co.uk is a site that should stay at the top of your financial bookmark list.

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Money Terms

If you’re after a lucid collection of concise money-based definitions that’ll have you waxing financial with the best of them, pay Graeme Pietersz’, Money Terms a visit.

Graeme has worked as both a buy-side and a sell-side analyst, in the UK and Asia and I has two postgraduate degrees in business and finance. Safe to say he knows his stuff.

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The Motley Fool

The Motley Fool aims to provide solutions for investors of every kind. Their products and services – both free or fee-based, online or offline – are designed to help people take control of their investments.

The Fool’s website publishes dozens of articles each week covering company results, share ideas, portfolio management, asset allocation and much, much more. Fool.co.uk also has a thriving community on their discussion boards where all sorts of financial (and non-financial) issues are debated.

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No Brainer Trades

Steve runs a very refreshing financial blog that offers straight-to-the-point FOREX Trading advice and posts trade information, not signals, he loathes the word signals. Here’s the blurb of what consitutes a No Brainer Trade:

Based on the premise of areas of heavy bank order flows, or simply stated, large, key areas of support and resistance which are very obvious areas for price reversal or continuation of momentum.

Anyone new to the FOREX trading game can definately learn a thing or two here. Steve’s methods read like a text for “the right way to trade FOREX”:

  • Strict risk management with attention to proper use of leverage and setting fully attainable profit targets
  • Avoidance of emotional intervention through the use of proper trade planning
  • Stressing deep analysis, taking trades only at very high probability areas
  • Avoidance of careless trading techniques and reliance on loosely performing indicators

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Reuters

Whilst primarily targetting the financial professional, Reuters also provides the private investor a wealth of financial management tools and resources via it’s web site. As a leading news provider it’s financial and business news is always up-to-the-minute and it’s company fundamental data is world class.

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Seeking Alpha

Seeking Alpha is the premier website for actionable stock market opinion and analysis, and vibrant, intelligent finance discussion. They handpick articles from the world’s top market blogs, money managers, financial experts and investment newsletters – publishing approximately 250 articles daily. Seeking Alpha gives a voice to over 3000 contributors, providing access to the US’s most savvy and inquisitive investors.

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Share Trading Links

Just getting started with online share trading, then take a look at Share Trading Links. There’s plenty of information and links through to sites that will help you get up and trading.

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Share World

Share World is not just a collection of investing facts and articles you could find by trawling financial web sites; no, its main purpose is to help investors and would-be investors solve real problems and hopefully save them money and time into the bargain. Pay them a visit and pose your question today.

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Stockopedia

At Stockopedia their goal is to bring all the financial content available on the web, whether free or subscriber based, onto one platform and deliver it to investors based on their interests.

Stockopedia gathers the latest investing ideas from top independent research houses, bloggers and financial publishers on the site. They categorise the content and their email updates will keep you informed about what they are saying along with the latest news on the companies you follow in the UK.

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