A stock market or equity market is a public entity for the trading of shares of company stock and derivatives at an agreed price. Equities include securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those traded privately.
Why do Private Investigators Need to Know About the Stock Market?
Private investigators are often hired by clients, either individuals or companies, to conduct financial investigations and asset investigations. During the course of such investigations, private investigators are often asked to located financial assets such as:
- Bank accounts (checking accounts, savings accounts, money market accounts, etc.)
- Brokerage accounts (stock portfolios, bond portfolios, mutual funds, certificates of deposit, etc.)
- Real estate or land ownership
- Business ownership or partnerships (corporations, LLC’s, and sole proprietorships)
Having a good understanding of the stock market will help private investigators navigate through financial research related to the investigation of assets.
Stock Markets and Stock Exchanges
Intercontinental Exchange – The Intercontinental Exchange is the leading network of regulated exchanges and clearinghouses for financial and commodity markets. ICE acquired NYSE Euronext in 2013 to become the leading global network of regulated exchanges and clearing houses.
- New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) – Get information on U.S. equities, European equities, global derivatives, exchange-traded products, bonds and stock indices. The site also offers a vast array of training and educational material on investing in the various financial asset types, finance 101, and general financial fitness. This site is a great place for private investigators to start learning about stock exchanges, the markets and investing in general. The site also provides current market data, commentary from analysts, stock charts and other research information.
- NYSE Euronext – Visit this website to get information on companies listed on the exchange, market trading days, market schedules and holidays, information on traders, member directory, educational events and webinars.
CME Group – The CME Group operates the exchanges – CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX. The exchanges offer a wide range of financial investment products across all major asset classes, including futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, metals, weather and real estate. The CME Group website is a great resource for private investigators to learn about various financial investments and get access to market data and research.
- The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is the world’s largest derivatives marketplace.
- New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) – A Designated Contract Market, including intra-day and settlement quotes, contract specifications, product calendars, and performance bonds/margins
- COMEX – Formerly known as the Commodity Exchange, COMEX is the primary market for trading metals such as gold, silver, copper and aluminum. In 1995, COMEX merged with the New York Mercantile exchange as the division responsible for trading precious metals.
Chicago Board Options Exchange – The world’s largest options exchange. The CBOE website provides private investigators with access to helpful research tools, educational material on options trading, options news and more.
NASDAQ – The NASDAQ website provides access to trading quotes, trading volume information, financial research data, and the latest news.
In addition to understanding the various stock markets and stock exchanges, private investigators should be familiar with the major online investing companies such as ETrade, Fidelity, Motley Fool, and others. For information on online investing websites, see our List of Online Investing websites.