Archive for the ‘Finance’ Category


July 18, 2007

Tis easier to suppress the first desire than to satisfy all that follow it

— Benjamin Franklin in Way to Wealth

From pick the brain, found via reddit

I should have quoted one about staying away from debt 🙂


Currency Converter: FXConverter

July 7, 2006

A service I highly value: converting currency on a given date. In my case: converting expenses in dollars to euros.

oanda fxconverter

Very useful when filling in company declaration forms for my regular IT book shopping with Amazon 🙂

Google Finance II: rereview

April 25, 2006

After having used Google Finance (GF) for over a month, it’s time to share my opinions briefly.

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.

Google Finance
google finance portfolio ahold

Yahoo! Finance
yahoo finance portfolio ahold

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
google finance graph emagin

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.

yahoo finance company view emagin
Heavily clipped and cropped company view (click for complete image)


1. Bad support for european markets
Although the faq states that GF supports “international markets such as Amsterdam“, try searching for AEX.

For example, information on Royal Ahold, a large multinational listed at Euronext is outdated and inconsistent.

google finance ahold chart
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.
google finance chart negative axis
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.

Google Finance

March 22, 2006

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 🙂

Vote with your euros

October 31, 2005

The message I would like to pass is that you have power. Every day, you vote with your euros for our future.

Every time
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

Every time
you buy at one large superstore, you vote for this single store
you buy at several unique, local stores, you vote for diversity

Every time
you buy the cheapest meat, you vote for factory farming
you buy biological meat, you vote for organic farming

Isn’t that democratic? You can vote every day.

Do not expect politics to change the world in one way, if you vote differently with your money.

Het Financieele Dagblad

September 1, 2005


Online access using my office subscription to Het Financieele Dagblad.

logo financieel dagblad

I like it when good things come cheap.

Rich Dad Poor Dad Financial IQ

August 10, 2005

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.

Rich Dad Poor Dad Financial IQ

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.