|For the entrepreneur and the investor alike, finance, and therefore finance related information, is of paramount importance. This page provides a guide to the best sites on financial matters and financial information including real time financial news, information on banks and financial institutions, financial analysis software, small business financing, investment, stock exchanges and market information, etc.|
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YAHOO! Finance is divided in three main sections: Investing, News and Personal Finance which correspond to the main interests of the average person with regards to financial matters. Excellent and essential site. Do not miss the Education Center in the Investing section and most of all the YAHOO! Finance Worlwide section which is located at the bottom of the page and which covers most of the main countries of the world.
Investopedia also known as the Investing Education Site includes the most comprehensive investing dictionary on the web as well as numerous articles and tutorials on nearly any aspect of finance and investing. Excellent site which should be of interest to students, individual investors, traders, professionals. Do not miss the section on tutorials which differentiates between beginners, intermediate and experienced investors.
UoI Center for International Finance and Development
The University of Iowa Center for International Finance & Development (UICIFD) is a student-driven project aimed at helping laypersons understand the often impenetrable world of international finance and development. The site includes the E-Book on International Finance & Development which has been developed to help people gain a basic understanding of the operations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank and their roles in an increasingly globalized economy. Excellent site which is in my view a perfect example of the power of Internet as a knowledge agent. Do not miss the briefing paper on «The Spanish Financial Crisis».
In addition to being the name of a a corporate finance textbook which aims to cover the full scope of corporate finance as it is practiced today worldwide, the Vernimmen is an excellent reference site for learning the principles of the financial markets and their practical application. It not only includes extensive summaries of the book chapters, but also a monthly newsletter and a very rich and very useful glossary.
Business & Finance
Business & Finance Articles is a scholarly article search engine and directory focusing on business, finance, investment, bank credit, investment funds etc. Their goal is to provide authors, publishers and visitors with the best and largest free content article database on the Web. They have 20 categories including business economics, international finance, international trade, etc. Excellent and very rich site.
World Bank Financial Sector
The site of the Financial and Private Sector Development Vice Presidency of the World Bank is divided in several sections: Financial systems, Financial infrastructure, Financial market integrity, Payments systems, Global capital markets development, etc. Excellent and very rich site, essential for understanding the World Bank's involvement in financial sector reform. Do not miss the many interesting publications and the blog «All About Finance».
Qualisteam Banking and Finance
A tremendous bilingual (French-English) mega-site on banking and finance. Includes links to over 1400 banks, to stock exchanges from 65 countries, to major financial markets and news,etc. A "must"
Institute of International Finance
The Institute of International Finance, Inc. (IIF), describes itself as the world's only global association of financial institutions. Members include most of the world's largest commercial banks and investment banks, as well as a growing number of insurance companies and investment management firms. The IIF mission is to support the financial industry in prudently managing risks, in developing best practices and standards; and in advocating regulatory, financial, and economic policies which foster global financial stability. Excellent site. Despite the fact that you need to be a member to access all the documents, you can still download very interesting reports such as the 2011 global economic outlook or the report on debt sustainability for Greece.
A key site for finding business related financial information. Do not miss the international sites section and the section on financial tools.
This very impressive collection of finance-related links for students has been put together by a professor of the University of Tennessee and is organised into categories such as Introduction to Financial Management, Tools of Financial Analysis and Planning, Working Capital Management, Intermediate and Long Term Financing, etc. An excellent site for anyone interested in financial issues.
Financial Management Training Center
This personal website by Matt H. Evans provides free advice on certain issues related to business finance. Probably the best source of advice comes from the Short Courses which provide very concise knowledge on specific issues, such as managing cash flow, evaluating financial performance, budgeting, etc. Excellent site. The different courses can be downloaded in pdf or word format.
CPAnet is primarily a resource directory of websites that are of interest to the accounting profession. It includes over 800 links to various accounting related websites. An excellent and comprehensive site which deserves to be explored in detail.
InvestorLinks is a meta-index of financial websites which offers market commentaries, stock analyses, industry analyses, technical trading articles, market calls and a daily U.S. market summary. Although the focus is on the US it contains links to global markets. It is an excellent resource for investors in the new, online, investment world. Do not miss their "top site winners" and the section on cyberstocks.
Sponsored by the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank Group, IPAnet promotes foreign investments in emerging markets, and offers information sharing and marketing opportunities to the international community. IPAnet Databases offer thousands of carefully selected documents related to international investment, searchable by dozens of topics and fields. A very good site which requires free registration. Do not miss the News and Reference Desk.
InvestorGuide is a complete resource for anyone wanting to use the web to improve their investments and personal finances. The site offers organized, annotated links to thousands of other investing sites. What I liked most is the fact that it covers investment, personal finances and learning. An excellent site.
Small Business Finance Tips
This small site, created and managed by an accountant presents the basic fundamentals of small business finance with sections on Accounting 101, Bookeeping, Building credit, Business financing, Business loans, Business plans, Business valuation, etc. It also looks at the most critical areas of a new business with sections on Pricing and Costing, Controlling cash, and most importantly Cash flow solutions. Overall a good, unsophisticated, down to earth site which can be very useful for anyone who contemplate starting a new business.
The objective of Fimarkets is to explain in concrete terms how capital financial markets function drawing on the experiences of actors in the financial markets and corporate finance fields. The purpose of the site is not to discuss the whys and wherefores of financial markets or their beneficial or harmful role, but to focus on "how" aspects: who are the players, how do they interact, the financial products that are traded, and the functions that they provide. Very interesting site.
CNNMoney provides daily information and news on financial matters. Despite the US focus it is a very good site.
International Finance Corporation
IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world. Its particular focus is to promote economic development by encouraging the growth of productive enterprise and efficient capital markets in its member countries. Their web site provides information on IFC projects and policies.
Eldis Finance Policy Resource Guide
The Finance Policy Resource Guide offers quick access to key documents, organizations, research themes, discussions and other key resources on finance policy. Very good site. Do not miss the section on finance policy websites.
Campbell R. Harvey's Hypertextual Finance Glossary
This financial glossary contains over 6,000 entries and more than 16,000 hyperlinks. Very good site providing more information on definitions of financial terms that you will be able to digest. Could benefit from a better site structure and presentation. Do not forget to go back up the directory structure in order to visit Mr Charvey's root site. Very impressive indeed!.
AAAdir Bank Directory
A comprehensive directory of banks on the Internet. Separate listings are available for the United States and International banks.
This small and innovative site targets all non-specialists who would like to understand better the functioning of financial markets, particularly with regards to the new financial products such as derivative products. The site is structured according to the trilogy actors-functions-products which ensure clear explanations. In summary very interesting site which would benefit of having an english version in addition to the french version in view of the predominance of the english technical terms being utilized. Do not miss the annotated links section.
Emerging Markets Companion
This comprehensive information source for emerging markets not only provides daily quotes for Brady, Bond, Currencies in Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Poland, etc but is also very interesting because of its links to Related Financial Sites and even more so its Research page which includes markets reviews and investment strategies
Boursorama is a financial mini-portal focusing mostly on the french market and provifing financial informations as well as financial and training tools. A link to Yahoo! Finance-France provides information on other countries.
Venture Capital Resource Library
As its name implies, this is a virtual library which provides many links to venture capital firms and to other interesting sources related to investment. You can also get a free business plan template if you register. US focused but very good.
MBendi - Stock Exchanges in Africa
A key resource on Africa's Stock Exchanges. Includes 14 operative stock exchanges in Africa. Apparently updated monthly. Somewhat general in nature but the only one of its sort for Africa.
With over 5,000 definitions and 15,000 links between related terms, InvestorWords is one of the most comprehensive financial glossaries you'll find anywhere.
Journal of Finance
The American Finance Association (AFA) is the premiere academic organization devoted to the study and promotion of knowledge about financial economics. Although very much US focused it is quite useful. Do not miss the link to other financial sites which is quite comprehensive.
From the editors of the Wall Street Journal a quick overview of how to meet your investing needs on line.
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