List of Stock Market Research Tools


Following is a list of Stock Market Research Tools including a list of stock markets and exchanges. Private investigators who conduct financial investigations should be familiar with these resources.

What is the stock market? A stock market, or equity market, is a public entity that trades shares of company stock and derivatives at an agreed price. Equities include securities listed on a stock exchange as well as those traded privately.

Stock Markets and 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 clearinghouses. Visit Intercontinental Exchange to learn more.

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 various financial asset types, finance 101, and general financial fitness. Go to the New York Stock Exchange to learn more.

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.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Euronext

The NYSE website provides information on companies listed on the exchange, market trading days, market schedules and holidays, information on traders, a member directory, educational events, and webinars. To learn more, visit the NYSE Euronext website.

CME Group

The CME Group operates the exchanges – CME, CBOT, NYMEX, and COMEX. CME Group’s 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. Their website is a great resource for private investigators to learn about various financial investments and get access to market data and research. Learn more at the CME Group website.

Chicago Board of Trade

The Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT) is the world’s largest derivatives marketplace.

New York Mercantile Exchange

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

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.

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 locate 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, LLCs, and sole proprietorships)
  • Cryptocurrency accounts on trading platforms like Binance, Coinbase,, and more. Review this list of cryptocurrencies and exchanges to learn more.

Having a good understanding of the stock market will help private investigators navigate through financial research related to the investigation of assets.

Additional Information

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, Robinhood, and others. For information on online investing websites, see our List of Online Investing websites. Also, see a list of cryptocurrency exchanges.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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