Every day, millions of people open the business section of the local newspaper to check on their stocks. Some may discover that the value of their portfolio plunged while they sat, unknowing, at the office. In this fast-paced era, there's no need to wait until you get home. The Web offers many sources for quick, up-to-date information on the market. The sites below are among the best for finding investment information quickly, efficiently, and-- most importantly-- without a fee.
If you are new to the investment arena, make a stop at The Motley Fool. The site offers quotes and a variety of articles that take the same approach as the line of "dummies" and "idiots" books. Here, everyone is a novice, or "fool." That doesn't mean the site is just for beginners. An accomplished physics student may be a fool when it comes to astrophysics. The same rings true for beginning and advanced investing. The Motley Fool offers investment news, sample portfolios, stock ideas, fools & their money, the fool's school, community, and brokerage center sections to satisfy the beginner and the pro.
If you just bought a hot stock and are dying to know how it's doing in the middle of the day, head to Quotes.com. It offers quick and easy access to -- you got it -- quotes galore. Quotes on a 15-minute delay are available at the front door and visitors can register to access real-time data. For more advanced features, visit Big Charts. You can customize your graphs with their Graph Wizard and create your own portfolio and watch its progress.
Other Mutual fund resources include Mutual Funds Online, the online version of Mutual Funds Magazine. In addition to current and archived issues of the magazine, test out Load and Fund Performance calculators, a glossary, and a phone and symbol directory of mutual funds. Additional services are available at the site for a fee.
For easy access to market indicators, try Bloomberg Online. This site features basic Dow and equity indices, interest rates, mortgage rates, commodities and currency updates on its front page. Standard quotes, charts, and news are also available. If that wasn't enough, then check out Daily Stocks. This site offers hundreds of charts and links on the stock market.
With these resources, even beginners should be able to easily find what stock information you want, when you want it. No more surprises!