I just recently bought a P.C. for my son to use for his homework. With his help, I have been able to start exploring the Internet. I am bombarded daily with investment advertisements that involve the Internet, but I don’t know where I should start to get a good overall view. Could you give me some help?
— J.S. Queens
The Internet has proven to be a powerful resource for providing widespread access to even the most specialized information. In the securities industry, this advance has helped individual investors take a more active role in the investment process. The opportunities for online investment activities range from simply researching companies and investment options, to checking on personal account information, to actually buying and selling securities. For many of the nearly 50 million people currently using the Internet, and the 30 million others projected to join by the year 2000, the combination of the Internet’s accessibility with the potential for earning money through investments is hard to resist.
Where to find it
The challenge of making the most of online investing is knowing where to find the right information from the huge expanse of the Internet. Whether the focus of your research is to obtain general investment information or the specifics on a particular company, the following might provide a good start: