This article provides an overview of the top financial services companies and also provides a list of online investment research tools. This list is helpful for anyone who is searching for an investment company. In addition, this list is helpful for private investigators who conduct financial investigations.
What is Investing?
Investing is putting money into something with the expectation of profit. Investment is the commitment of money or capital to the purchase of financial instruments or other assets so as to gain profitable returns in the form of interest, dividends, or appreciation of the value of the instrument (capital gains). Generally, investing is related to saving or deferring consumption.
Investment involves the choice by an individual or an organization, such as a pension fund, after some analysis or thought, to place or lend money in a financial vehicle, instrument or asset, such as property, commodity, stock, bond, financial derivatives (e.g. futures or options), that has a certain level of risk and provides the possibility of generating financial returns over a period of time.
List of Online Investment Research Tools
The following are online investment websites that provide online investing advice, investment news, investing tools and more.
Charles Schwab – Charles Schwab is highly rated as one of the best investment platforms for retirement. This is due to have a large selection of tools, great customer service, and the largest selection of commission-free funds. Schwab trades are just $4.95 per trade.
eTrade.com – E*TRADE is an innovative financial services company offering a full suite of easy-to-use online brokerage, investing and related banking solutions, delivered at a competitive price. We empower individuals to take control of their financial futures by providing the products, tools, and services they need to meet their near- and long-term investing goals.
Fidelity.com – Fidelity Investments is an international provider of financial services and investment resources that help individuals and institutions meet their financial objectives. The Fidelity.com is great for beginning and advanced investors. The site is full of powerful research and education tools. Trading costs are low and overall the website is very easy to use.
Merrill Edge –
Motley Fool – Online investing website that provides investment advice, financial discussion forums, and resources for investors.
Pimco.com – One of the largest specialty fixed income managers in the world, with $720.6 billion in assets under management and more than 900 employees in offices in Newport Beach, New York, Singapore, Tokyo, London, Sydney, Munich, Toronto, and Hong Kong.
Quotestream.com – QuoteMedia’s Award-Winning portfolio manager with complete access to streaming market data, quotes, charts, news, option chains, level II, and research information from your desktop computer or wireless handheld device.
Sharebuilder.com – ShareBuilder, previously owned by Capital One, is designed to make investing easy and affordable for everyone.
SeekingAlpha.com – Seeking Alpha provides stock market opinion and analysis from blogs, money managers, and investment newsletters, and a provider of its own high-value, complementary financial content. However, many of their posts are unnecessarily complicated for the average investor. Their writing strategy seems to be – overload you with information, then get you to sign up for their services. Skip this one unless you’re getting a Ph.D. in finance.
TD Ameritrade – Rated one of the best trading online brokers due to their wide variety of easy-to-use research and trading tools
- Investing – AOL Money & Finance – Investing tips, advice, and detailed news for every market. Updated information on mutual fund investing, stock market investing, and more.
- The Street – Provides a wide variety of financial news, commentary, content, tools, and calculators to help investors and financial analysts.
- Yahoo Finance – Free stock quotes, up to date news, portfolio management resources, international market data, message boards, and mortgage rates
What do Private Investigators Need to Know
Private detectives and police officers who conduct financial investigations, asset investigations, and forensic accounting should be familiar with the many different types of investments.
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