The internet means we are no longer dependent only on the morning paper for information, though there are electronic versions of both newspapers and some magazines available, often carrying stories that will appear in the next morning’s printed version. The archives can also show what they previously said about a company or the state of the economy.
Other information about investments and companies (including from their own websites), and some comment is also available. As with all internet advice and comment however, trust only those with reliable provenance, known record and evident independence.
There are many online brokers, such as Hargreaves Lansdown (www.h-l.co.uk), some of which offer commentaries, as well as ‘real time’ prices (the ones being quoted at that moment on the Exchange computers), occasionally for an additional subscription. The advantage is that you can deal immediately on the information and at the price. In addition, there are news services such as www. bloomberg.com and specialist services such as www.thestreet.com.
Other online sites worth exploring are Home & Finance (www. fmlx.com) for investment tools; the publishers of the Company Guide and REFS (www.hemscott.co.uk); Moneyworld for share prices, indices, new issues, news, etc; and www.news-review.co.uk for a summary of useful news and information.