Find the Internet Secret; Financial Mailpersonal Finance

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), March 29, 1998 | Go to article overview

Find the Internet Secret; Financial Mailpersonal Finance


Byline: IAN MCKENNA

THE key to getting the best out of the Internet is knowing how and where to look.

One valuable site for personal finance - and possibly the Web's best-kept financial secret - is the Financial Information Net Directory, known as FIND.

It lists UK financial sites ranging from motor insurance to offshore investments, and small independent

financial advisers to leading stockbrokers.

All the leading online information services are there. If investors want to use just one Internet address, this is the ideal starting place.

Many sites give basic information on shares such as prices (delayed 20 minutes), price-earnings ratios, 52-week price highs and lows, market capitalisations and dividend details.

They will offer more detailed analyses at extra cost, but some sites give additional information free.

The Financial Times site offers a worldwide company information service with details of profit and loss accounts, balance sheets, financial performance and key

performance ratios. It covers 11,000 businesses, and users may make online requests for company reports to be sent to them by post.

Company Reports Online offers extracts of UK and European company accounts, but does not cover as many businesses as the Financial Times service.

It is based on companies' own publications, so it lacks the uniform look and feel of

the FT service, which may make it harder to directly compare the information provided.

Another site worth a look is Updata Software. …

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