Google Finance is Google’s money monitoring and management application. Users can discover finance related news stories and other relevant content on the site. Google Finance also provides user with a helpful stock screener tool. The user can enter criteria for exchange, sector, market cap and much more to make better decisions about buying and selling stock. Users can also build their financial portfolio using the My Portfolio feature. Google Finance also provides a domestic trends graph that allows users to view search traffic trends from specific sectors. The Google Finance homepage features world markets, currencies, bonds and a colorful sector summary bar graph.Show more screenshots »
Google Finance is a part of Google, which is arguably the biggest name on the internet. The company began in January of 1996 when Stanford University students Sergey Brin and Larry page began a research project. Their goal was to improve the way search engines ranked results. The project was later given the name Google after a misspelling of “googol.” The Google domain name was registered on September 15th, 1997 and the company became incorporated approximately a year later. Google started in the garage of the founder’s friend, Susan Wojcicki, in Menlo Park, California.
Google Finance offers users a great deal of information and helpful tools to organize their portfolio and make sound financial decisions. Users can monitor trends in markets and read articles and other content related to finances and the factors that influence it. Overall, Google Finance offers a well-rounded collection of valuable planning, organizing and monitoring tools that can help many traders.
The Google Finance website uses the same style and theme as all other Google sites. Users are greeted by a white background and the colorful Google logo in the upper, left hand corner. The homepage provides organized lists of articles as well as a left hand side bar menu that allow users to jump from one area to the next. The website contains the occasional advertisement, but these are generally low key and relevant to the topic of finance.
Just like any other Google application, users must have a Google account to fully access the Finance area. A new visitor can begin by clicking on the blue “Sign In” link in the upper, right hand corner of the Google Finance page. Just below the login form, the user will find a blue “Create an account now” link. This will direct the user to the registration form which requires an email address, password, location, date of birth and word verification. The user can also choose to stay signed in and enable web history.
Google Finance is available to all users for free. There are no subscription fees or other charges for accessing the page. A majority of Google Finance is informational, so this is definitely a plus. Users can gather information prior to making an investment.
Google Finance is a valuable tool for anyone who trades and deals with finance. The site is dedicated entirely to providing information and updates that could help the user make decisions about their portfolio. Google Finance also provides additional tools such as the stock screener and user portfolio.