There are plenty of great websites with financial news and market data. Most people are familiar with Bloomberg.com, WSJ.com, MarketWatch.com and dozens of others. But finding additional online tools is always welcome.
Here are two important tools for interpreting the market and three for finding information about specific financial institutions.
Making Sense of it All
Map of the Market – Get a perspective of the market and specific industries with the Map of the Market
By scrolling over this interactive page you quickly understand how U.S. publicly traded companies stack up based on their market capitalization. A clink on a specific company details financial details and ratios about the company. A great way to quickly get a perspective on how companies compare with their competitors.
Dynamic Yield Curve
Dynamic Yield Curve – Interest rates are the life blood of the financial markets, and the Dynamic Yield Curve brings them to life.
Yield curves show us the difference between short term interest rates and longer term rates. That difference impacts investment strategies, lending policies and virtually all financial interactions. This ‘animation’ shows how the yield curve has moved and compares it to the movement of the stock market. By hitting the ˂animate˃ button the curve comes to life. Adjust the trail length to get the full effect.
EDGAR – Financial Institution Rosters
Meet SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval)
With public filings on over 20 million companies EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval) is one of the largest corporate databases in the world. If that wasn’t enough, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recently improved and simplified the site. All annual and quarterly reports, prospectuses and any other required SEC filings are just a click away.
FDIC – Finding the Banks
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) provides banks with deposit insurance. They provide us with a website that gives us clear objective financial information on every bank in the country. Don’t expect pictures or annual reports but a quick way to find unvarnished financial information.
NCUA – Finding the Credit Unions
Many people are unaware that the credit unions have their own regulator, but the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) provides a simple service to locating info and financials on these not-for-profit financials.
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