Tis easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it
– Benjamin Franklin in Way to Wealth
I should have quoted one about staying away from debt :)
A service I highly value: converting currency on a given date. In my case: converting expenses in dollars to euros.
Very useful when filling in company declaration forms for my regular IT book shopping with Amazon :)
Pro: Easy portfolio, Highly interactive graph, Integrated articles, Holistic company profile
Contra: Bad support for european markets, Beta status, Simple portfolio
1. Easy portfolio
I like its simplicity. This view enables seeing the portfolio status at a glance.
People claim correctly that GF is lacking many features compared to Yahoo! Finance (YF). Personally, I don’t miss them yet. But I’m not an experienced YF user.
2. Highly interactive chart
The chart makes zooming in on past stock values really easy. A bit to my surprise, GF uses Flash for the graph.
(See the Con’s section for some critical remarks)
3. Integrated articles
4. Holistic company profile
The company view shows stock quotes, company and management info, related companies, news, blog and forum articles and links to more resources all very accissible on one page.
For example, information on Royal Ahold, a large multinational listed at Euronext is outdated and inconsistent.
Clipped and cropped chart for AMS:AHLN, screenshot d.d. 2006-04-24.
2. Beta status
Beta seems to be an excuse for some small flaws. Charts sometimes have a Y-axis starting with negative values. Possibly resulting from using a linear scale.
Negative value in Y-axis
3. Simple portfolio
Every disadvantage has its advantage. Simplicity has its values. But with a larger portfolio, it would be nice to be able to sort and group the contents into multiple portfolios.
The developers clearly left out functionality one would normally expect in a stock portfolio: no dates associated with the aqcuisition of your stock, your gains and losses are not tracked.
GF is still young, at this moment, a more demanding user will miss features at GF.
Please notify me of incorrect spelling and points I missed, it’s after midnight, too late to be bright minded.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon it by accident. And today I heard about on Business News Radio: Google Finance.
The financial people weren’t too enthousiastic on the radio. They thought there were already many services alike.
They’re probably right about that. Still, you don’t have to be first. You have to be best.
I really like the accessibility of news articles, accessible from the stock graph. Also, the personal portfolio is nice. Very minimal, which makes it easy to use.
There is much more to it:
And hey, as a Google share holder, I’ll definitely use it :)
The message I would like to pass is that you have power. Every day, you vote with your euros for our future.
you buy the cheapest eggs, you vote for chickens to be caged
you buy Eco eggs, you vote for chickens to have some space outside
you buy at one large superstore, you vote for this single store
you buy at several unique, local stores, you vote for diversity
Do not expect politics to change the world in one way, if you vote differently with your money.
Online access using my office subscription to Het Financieele Dagblad.
I like it when good things come cheap.
Yesterday I received a shipment of 4 fresh books from Amazon. Including Rich Dad Poor Dad. I’ve read it for 80% now, so I decided to do some research on the subject online.
Above, you see the result of the “Financial IQ test” I filled in.
Beware, register and login first or you’ll have to submit all answers twice :S
I might write more about the book after I’ve read it entirely.