Five Free Tools – Financial Websites You Might Not be Using

MarketWatch: Map of the Market

There are plenty of great websites with financial news and market data. Most people are familiar with,, 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

MarketWatch: Map of the Market

MarketWatch’s: Map of the Market

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.

MarketWatch’s Map of the Market


Dynamic Yield Curve Dynamic Yield Curve 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.

Dynamic Yield Curve


EDGAR – Financial Institution Rosters


SEC’s EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval)

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

FDIC Institution Directory

FDIC Institution Directory

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.

FDIC Institution Directory


NCUA – Finding the Credit Unions

NCUA: Research A Credit Union

NCUA: Research a Credit Union

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.

NCUA: Research a Credit Union

If there are valuable sites that you think others might find interesting… please don’t hesitate to share in the comments below.


About Richard Magrann-Wells

Richard is a Executive Vice President with Willis Towers Watson’s Financial Institutions Group based in Los Angel…
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One Response to Five Free Tools – Financial Websites You Might Not be Using

  1. james poole says:

    These are great thanks! Is anyone aware of the same/equivalent for data in the UK or elsewhere?

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