Good investment requires number crunching and there are few better tools out there for that job than the Internet. Finding the best investment websites is sometimes a mission. So I've collated some of the best for equity, fund and property investors.
Each individual is different and the websites I love may not appeal to some readers. Many offer the same data, but sliced and diced in different ways. Or it may be that you prefer the charting possibilities on one, not another. So it's a matter of trying them out to find the ones that suit.
The first port of call for anyone looking for New Zealand equities info is NZX.com. The site contains data as well as market news for the NZSX, NZAX, NZDX – that's the main market, the alternative market and the debt market. There is also a service called My NZX, which allows you to set up a portfolio, track potential buys and get market update emails.
Personally I prefer the user interface in Findata.co.nz, which also offers stock information and an online portfolio. It provides international data and also has a portfolio, and charting. Investors can access other paid broker research through websites such as Stockmarket.co.nz and Thomson Reuters Brookers Online database.
News and research
ShareInfo.co.nz is a great place to catch up with investing news. It has links to some of the best commentary in New Zealand and overseas as well as providing a subscription to IRG Research.
Brokers websites also give you access to broker research and predictions. And it's worth checking out other broker's websites for useful information – some are better than others.
Private investors often find forums useful where they can discuss investments online. Sharechat.co.nz and StockForums.co.nz both offer a variety of discussion forums to air thoughts or post questions and Australian-based HotCopper.com.au also has NZ investing forums, so is well worth visiting.
Fund investors here should always check out the free FundSource.co.nz website, which allows you to view prices and performances of individual funds, or compare performance among funds in a certain sector.
But personally I prefer the search on Morningstar.net.nz, because it's one page of drop-down boxes, and I don't have to scroll through several pages to get my results.
Over the ditch and overseas
Large New Zealand companies such as Air New Zealand and Auckland Airport are listed over the ditch on the ASX and it's worth visiting some of the best investing websites on that side of the ditch such as such as HotCopper.com.au.
The same goes for Australian-based funds. Morningstar's Australian website, for example, is a whole lot better than its New Zealand cousin.
If it's US or UK based equities or funds information you're after, then the world is your oyster with websites such as TrustNet.com, Morningstar.com and Bloomberg.com abounding. I can't speak highly enough of these websites. Another international website worth visiting if you're in need of general financial education is Investopedia.com, which has an investment dictionary as well as tutorials.
Residential property investment is also well served on the Internet. PropertyTalk.com is a hugely popular forum for investors to exchange information and views, and Landlords.co.nz keeps abreast of the latest news in the sector as well as providing useful statistical information. Also invaluable for data are Quotable Value's QV.co.nz website and Terranet.co.nz.
Other useful websites include: