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Old 08-09-2007, 02:08 PM   #1
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Where do you get your financial information

I'm curious to see where people get their financial information (mainly about stocks, bonds, mutual funds etc). Do you get research provided through a brokerage account, go visit websites or a combination thereof? Are the services free or do they require payment?
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:20 PM   #2
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Great question.. I'd like to expand it, if I may..

I use just the free tools (Schwab/Yahoo or Google finance/Morningstar/ETFforgetthesitenamerightnow).

IF anyone uses a paid service or newspaper/newsletter, could they indicate what that is, and whether they feel they are getting value for that money? Particulars?
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i get all i need right here. sure hope you guys know what yer doing.
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Old 08-09-2007, 02:55 PM   #4
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There really is no information to get. It takes awhile for one to realize that. If I need a chart to see recent or long term performance I use the deluxe charting at moneycentral.msn.com

Other than that, I like to read the free stuff at the online NYTimes and WSJ. I do use the free Morningstar tools at troweprice.com because they are free. I do not use any research at TDAmeritrade nor at WellsFargo where I have brokerage accounts. Why waste my time?
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I'm curious to see where people get their financial information (mainly about stocks, bonds, mutual funds etc). Do you get research provided through a brokerage account, go visit websites or a combination thereof? Are the services free or do they require payment?
You can get all you need at Edgar and Sedar. Then Google the company with words like "stock performance reviews" to get a feeling for the lunatic fringe. No fees required unless you aspire to be a day trader.

I use Yahoo. For funds, Webbroker Select and M*.
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You can get all you need at Edgar and Sedar. Then Google the company with words like "stock performance reviews" to get a feeling for the lunatic fringe. No fees required unless you aspire to be a day trader.
Fidelity's news feeds on their website, their daily news summary e-mail, and their price alerts when our shares dip below long-term averages or prices (indicating it might be time to buy more or rebalance).

Google Alerts for stock & fund tickers.

Prophet.net Java charts (with a free watch list) for tracking cost basis and all the "what if" analysis.

Berkshire Hathaway's website on the first Friday of every Aug, Nov, Feb, & May...
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I get everything that I need to know from Cramer and Suze Orman!! (j/k)

But, seriously, I mostly use Yahoo, Google, and T. Rowe-Price's website.
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Old 08-09-2007, 09:12 PM   #9
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In order of importance/usefulness:

1. Edgar SEC filings. Free.
2. Value Line Investment Survey. I've been using that for 20+ years. These days I use it at the library for free. It has the best and longest (17 years) one page data summary that I've seen and I just like the format.
3. Yahoo Finance for tracking and news. Free.
4. Fidelity free research. I basically only use the S&P reports to get the 10 years of financial data. I don't bother with the analyst reports/comments.
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Old 08-09-2007, 11:38 PM   #11
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1) Edgar
2) Yahoo, passed thru a common sense filter to catch their numerous mistakes
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Morningstar (nice portfolio tools star system is reasonably useful and good overall organization)
Schwab
Wall St. Journal: Not sure why I continue to subscribe to the online version, but it is a lot cheaper than the paper version.
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Old 08-10-2007, 12:24 PM   #13
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diehards.org, M*, Instant X-Ray
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Vanguard with Financial Engines for "Risk-weighting" my portfolio (my way)
Dan Wiener VG-based Newsletter for tuning out the noise
Bob's Mutual Fund Page for daily trending
Quicken.com for weekly portfolio tracking

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Both Vanguard Diehards sites,
Bob Brinker Free Forum Discussion at Suite101.com
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Ditto on T.Rowe Price free M* tools
Motley Fool - for the sensible, basic information - I just ignore all the other financial porn they try to sell
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Value Line Model Portfolio & Other Usage

Hi All:

A new member here. I stumbled into this forum & found its topics very interesting.

On this particular topic about tools, I have used Value Line for a few years already, and am just wondering if anyone out there has followed their model portfolios exactly in their investments. I have tried to follow them, but always got mixed up with my own picks and other recommendations. Now that we are in a defensive mode entering 2008, I am very interested in test-driving their Portfolio#2 (for income).

Just wondering about others experience? Or how else do you use the Value Line? Stock by stock analysis, or more for technical guidance (e.g., keep buying the timely stocks,etc.)

Thanks,
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It comes from a great variety of places but ultimately I go with my gut, past experience with how the stock/bond markets interact, and a sense of which way the wind is blowing.
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experience is a better teacher than reading anything.

T Rowe Price web site and newsletters
Smart Money magazine has been a HUGE influence (read this when I started investing and just re-started the subscription last month).
forums don't teach much, but help with deciphering what is real and what is noise.

Fund Alarm forum by far has some of greatest ideas for picking funds- finding the new small cap and mid cap funds, for example.
this forum is good for withdraw rates and investing technique
saving advice.com has great info on budgeting and getting started
misc.financial-planning is good for overall sound advice like combining taxes with investing and budgeting, plus legal and tax issues.
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Hi All:

A new member here. I stumbled into this forum & found its topics very interesting.

On this particular topic about tools, I have used Value Line for a few years already, and am just wondering if anyone out there has followed their model portfolios exactly in their investments. I have tried to follow them, but always got mixed up with my own picks and other recommendations. Now that we are in a defensive mode entering 2008, I am very interested in test-driving their Portfolio#2 (for income).

Just wondering about others experience? Or how else do you use the Value Line? Stock by stock analysis, or more for technical guidance (e.g., keep buying the timely stocks,etc.)

Thanks,
The reason I asked is that according to Value Line, their returns are off the charts if you follow their recommendations in the Portfolios.
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