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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Google Finance

Google Finance is still in its Beta stage, but it plans on taking on the other big financial sites like Yahoo Finance and MSN Money. Google Finance is still relatively plain, but soon it will add much more options so it can go live and take on Yahoo and Microsoft for this portion of web traffic and information.

From Google's website here are some ways Google Finance will differentiate itself from the competition:


  • Company Search — With Google Finance you can search for stocks, mutual funds, public and private companies, using both company names and (where available) ticker symbols.

  • Interactive Charts — Google Finance charts correlate market data with corresponding dated news stories to help you determine if there is a relationship between them (for instance, by seeing news stories that came out about a certain company in the context of what that company's stock did that day). You can also click and drag the charts to see different time periods and zoom in to see more detailed information.

  • News and More News — Google Finance incorporates our Google News service, which gathers stories from more than 4,500 English news sources worldwide. Stories are clustered by topic so you can see different opinions on a single subject; you can also review news stories by monthly date range and by importance (which is determined by algorithms).

  • Blogs — If you want the opinions of citizen journalists, you got 'em; Google Finance includes company-related postings from Google Blog Search.

  • Company Management Team — Google Finance helps you put a face to a name. Mousing over an executive name shows you their picture as well as links, where available, to their biography, compensation details and trading activity.

  • Discussion Groups — Talk amongst yourselves. Google Finance offers high-quality Discussion Groups whose dedicated team of moderators work to keep conversations on and spam-free.

  • Portfolios — Google Finance offers a fast, easy and powerful way to keep create and maintain your portfolio of stocks and mutual funds.
When this comes to fruition google will be a player and seriously take on Yahoo Financial and MSN Money. While in the beta stage they will continue to tweak it and get feedback from people like us.

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