Investing

Introduction

This research guide is intended for anyone doing research in financial investing. It includes general investing sources such as handbooks and directories, periodicals, and financial news websites, as well as economic forecasting, international investing, and socially responsible investing resources. Additionally, the guide includes a wide array of information on various investing instruments, such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and commodities. In the “Stock” section, you will find stock links, investment services for company and industry information, stock exchanges, and historic stock prices. The resources include websites, electronic databases, print periodicals, and books from the libraries’ collection.

 

Financial Instruments

General

The Informed Investor’s Guide to Financial Quotations

Pardee Reference
X HG 4521 B439 1994
Describes how to read and understand financial market quotations. Coverage includes stocks, bonds, Treasury securities, futures, options, and foreign currency exchanges.

Investor’s Business Daily Guide to the Markets

Pardee Stacks
HG 4910 I54 1996
Intended as a basic introduction to the financial markets. Chapters include discussion of capitalism, major markets, mutual funds and macroeconomics.

The Wall Street Journal Guide to Understanding Money and Investing

Pardee Reference
X HG 4910 M67 1999
Easy to understand guide to investing includes sections on money, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, futures & options. Explains how the markets work, why money gains and loses value, and what you need to know to make the right investments and measure their performance.

The Irwin Guide to Using the Wall Street Journal

Pardee Reference
X HB 3743 L44 2000
How to use the Wall Street Journal to interpret current economic conditions and make profitable business and investment decisions. Influence of the business cycle and economic indicators discussed along with the stock market, commodities, interest rates and money markets.

Financial Services Fact Book

Provides data on related industries that together fall under the umbrella of ‘financial services,’ including insurance, banking, mortgage, securities and finance companies.

Stocks

Bloomberg  (dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)

Provides current prices from publicly traded companies from around the world. To look up a company and its common stock, type the ticker symbol, the yellow <Equity> key and the green <Go> key.

Factiva (2001)
Note: Provides company reports, quotes and price charts.

Morningstar

http://www.morningstar.com

Facts on 6,500 mutual funds and 8,000 stocks; contains investment news, market data, and research tools.

Zacks Investment Research

www.zacks.com
Searchable by ticker symbol. Company profiles, earnings information (including some estimates), balance sheets and more. Site also includes a glossary of financial terms, company news, and more.

Bonds

All About Bonds, Bond Mutual Funds, and Bond ETFs

Pardee Reference
X HG 4651 .F29 2009
Contains information on strategies for diversifying your portfolio; the economy’s impact on the bond market; and the latest information on foreign and emerging market bonds.

Bonds Online

http://www.bondsonline.com/

A database of currently available bonds with real time quotes for treasury prices and yields. Bonds are searchable by type (municipal, corporate, CMO, zero coupon, and treasury). Site includes a glossary and links to news sources for bond information.

Bonds and Rates – CNNfn

http://money.cnn.com/markets/bondcenter/

This website provided by CNN finance provides information on bond prices, yields and bond basics

Corporate Ratings Criteria – Standard & Poor

A PDF document provided by Standard & Poor’s about their corporate rating criteria

Treasury Direct

http://www.treasurydirect.gov/indiv/products/products.htm

This website provides overviews of U.S treasury bonds, notes, bills and TIPS.

Yahoo Finance Bond Screener

http://finance.yahoo.com/bonds

A search tool provided by Yahoo Finance that allows users to search for different types of bonds.

Investing in Bonds

http://www.investinginbonds.com

The website of the Bond Market Association includes introductory information on Bond investing, daily and historical prices, and useful Internet links.

Bloomberg  (dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)

Bloomberg offers information on both Corporate Bonds and Government Securities. For corporate bond information type ticker symbol, the yellow <Corp> key, and the green <Go> key. For government securities type <Govt> TK <Go> to see a list of covered countries. Chose from the list by entering the line # <Go>.

The Bond Bible

Pardee Reference Desk
X HG 4651 C692 2000
All you need to know to be a savvy consumer and successful bond investor, from income streams and the Treasury yield curve to the pluses of federal agency bonds and the negatives of high-yield issues. Includes advanced strategies such as leveraging, credit rating agencies and insurance, bond funds and unit trusts, and nontraditional vehicles.

Mergent Bond Record

Pardee Reference – Finance/Mutual Funds & Bonds, Section 10
X HG 4905 F31
Published monthly, this comprehensive review of over 68,000 issues provides complete and accurate coverage of the entire market. Covers a broad range of fixed-income issues in detail, affording the user a glance at the essential facts relating to market position and statistical background.

Standard & Poor’s Stock and Bond Guide

Pardee
HG 4915 S655
Information on more than 14,000 different securities, including common stocks, preferred stocks, annuities, mutual funds, and domestic and foreign bonds. The Bond Guide contains detailed information on more than 6,500 corporate bonds issued by more than 1900 different companies.

Standard & Poor’s Corporate Ratings Criteria

128 page guide to how Standard & Poor’s issues corporate ratings, rating definitions, their methodology and their surveillance and review of bonds.

Mutual Funds

Morningstar

http://www.morningstar.com/

Facts on 6,500 mutual funds and 8,000 stocks; contains investment news, market data, and research tools.

Investment Company Institute

http://www.ici.org

Provides statistics and research on mutual fund industry as a whole.

Leading Fund Intelligence

http://www.lipperwareweb.com

Provides analysis of performance trends, industry trends and research studies. Requires that users register on the website to gain access to reports.

Mutual Fund Investor’s Center

http://www.mfea.com

Geared towards novices this website explains the basics of mutual funds, investment strategies and lists funds by minimum investment requirement, performance, risk and rating.

Bloomberg  (A dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)

Provides current news and prices from financial markets, industries, commodities, and publicly traded companies from around the world. To look up a mutual fund, type the ticker symbol, the yellow <Equity> key and the green <Go> key. Bloomberg uses abbreviated names for some mutual fund issuers. To look up a mutual fund issued by Fidelity (for example), type <Equity> TK FID <GO>.

Morningstar Mutual Funds

Pardee Reference
X HG 4530 M8
Profiles and tracks over 1,000 mutual funds, emphasizing NASDAQ funds. Biweekly summary of key performance measures.

International Encyclopedia of Mutual Funds, Closed-End Funds and REITs

Pardee Stacks
HG 4530 M227 2000
Good explanation of mutual funds; what they are,how to invest and the many different types of funds. Provides list of funds, organized by type, with symbol, historic returns, phone number, and other information.

Mutual Fund Fact Book

Pardee Stacks
HG 4530 F652 2002
A guide to trends and statistics in the mutual fund industry by the Investment Company Institute (ICA). Includes chapters on features of mutual funds, regulation and taxation, U.S. mutual fund development(1990-2000), mutual fund ownership and shareholder characteristics, and the retirement market.

Hedge Funds

The Hedge Fund Handbook

X HG 4530 L364 2000
Pardee Reference
A guide to understanding and evaluating hedge funds from a definition and general characteristics of a hedge fund to hedge fund analysis and portfolio allocation.

Hedge Fund Failures

2008 Ebook available through Proquest CRS Reports

Taxation of Hedge Funds and Private Equity Managers

2014 Ebook available through Proquest CRS Reports

Diary Of a Hedge Fund Manager: From the top, to the bottom, and back again

2010 Ebook available through Ebrary

A Demon Of our own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds, and the Perils of Financial Innovation Pardee Stacks

HG4530 .B66 2007
Provides overview and analysis of risk management with respect to political and economic volatility. The content of this book being largely reflective and analytical.

Hedge Fund Strategies: A Global Outlook

Pardee Stacks
HG4530 .H43 2002
A guide on hedge funds that brings the reader a mix of articles from a variety of perspectives covering that include implantation of hedge fund strategies, correlations to the market, equalization, hedge structures and the use of funds of funds.

Hedge Hunters: Hedge Fund Masters on the Reward, the Risk, and the Reckoning

Pardee Stacks
HG4530 .B87 2007
Looks at the hedge fund industries to performers. Fund managers reveal their strategies for producing outstanding returns.

Inside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders On Profiting In a Global Market

Pardee Stacks
HG4530 .D74 2006
Introduction to global macro hedge funds. The global macro approach attempts to generate positive returns by making leveraged bets on price movements in equities, currencies, interest rates and commodities markets.

Leading Fund Intelligence

http://lipperweb.com

Provides monthly strategy review and performance analysis, research reports that analyzes the in-flows and outflows of capital allocated to hedge funds and hedge fund compensation reports.

The Hedge Fund Center:

http://www.hedgefundcenter.com/

Contains definitions, strategies, risk analysis and comparisons to mutual funds.

The Hedge Fund Association:

http://www.thehfa.org/

Discusses characteristics of hedge funds, strategies and includes articles.

Bloomberg

(dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)
Provides current news and prices from financial markets, industries, commodities, and publicly traded companies from around the world. To access the information on hedge funds:
Hedge Fund Home Page – Type HFND green <GO> button.
Hedge Fund News – Type NI HEDGE <GO>
Hedge Fund Searches – Type FSRC <GO>, select #24
Hedge Fund Ranking Tables – Type STAT <GO>

Bloomberg Markets

Pardee Stacks – located by Bloomberg terminal
A magazine published by Bloomberg and shelved by the Bloomberg terminal often contains articles and special reports on hedge funds that include information on the most profitable hedge funds, and the highest paid hedge fund managers.

Institutional Investor

A available through e-journals provides full text articles on investment banking and the financial services industry.

Commodities

TFC Commodity Charts

http://tfc-charts.w2d.com

A free source of daily commodity futures and financial information. Includes commodity charts, quotes, and a brief educational course on commodities trading.

Bloomberg  (A dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)

Provides current news and prices from financial markets, industries, commodities, and publicly traded companies from around the world. For Commodities menu, hit yellow <Comdt> key and <Go>.

Commodity Prices

Pardee Reference Desk
X Z 7164 P94F74 1991
A sourcebook and index providing references to wholesale, retail, and other quotations for more than 10,000 agricultural, commercial, industrial, and consumer products.

The CRB Commodity Yearbook

Pardee Reference Desk-(latest edition; earlier in stacks)
X HF 1041 F39
Worldwide supply/demand and production/consumption data for all the basic commodities and futures markets, including all the major markets in interest rates, currencies, energy,grains and stock index futures. Over 900 tables, graphs and price charts of historical data.

International Investing Sources:

Global Stock & Commodity Exchanges

http://www.investorlinks.com

An extensive listing of international stock exchanges’ web pages.

Site-by-Site

http://www.site-by-site.com

International investment portal and research center includes Global stock exchanges, Analysis and Commentary, and more.

The Dow Jones Guide to the World Stock Market

Pardee Stacks
HG 4661 D68 1999
Provides profiles of the current state of the equity market in 29 specific countries, based on the Dow Jones World Stock Index. Stocks that make up this index are described within each countrys profile. Ratios of stock prices and three years of sales and revenues are included.

The Financial Times Guide to Using the Financial Pages

Pardee Reference
X HG 5432 V35 2001
Comprehensive guide to the tools and language of modern finance. Includes the role and behavior of investors, companies, governments and financial institutions in financial markets. Interprets financial markets and economic statistics to better understand the price movements of a wide range of potential investments including shares, bonds, funds, currencies and derivatives. International focus.

Fundamental Analysis Worldwide: Investing and Managing Money in International Capital Markets

Pardee Stacks
HG 4538 K463 1996
Provides a standardized method of reporting international corporate financial information based on fundamental analysis. Assesses annual reports of 1,500 global companies in North America and in Europe. Financial data is compared by geographic region, standard industrial code, and operating ratios.

World Stock Exchange Fact Book

Pardee Reference -
X HG 4551 W657
Provides more than 20 years of historical securities data from over 45 exchanges. Includes annual trading volume and value, market capitalization, dividend yields, relevant regulations, and more.

Company Research

Edgar: The Investor’s Guide to Making Better Investments

Pardee Stacks
HG 4910 W258 2003

How to use the SEC’s EDGAR System to find key company information, analyze a company’s financial performance and investigate the actions of corporate executives.

Information on using EDGAR and analyzing key reports.
For more company information see Investment Services – Industries, in this guide, and the Company Information Research Guide.

Bloomberg

(dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)
Provides current news and prices from financial markets, industries, commodities, and publicly traded companies from around the world. To look up a company and its common stock, type the ticker symbol, the yellow <Equity> key and the green <Go> key.

Factiva (2001)
Note: Provides company profiles and detailed company reports containing corporate history, financials, officers and industry ratios.

Mergent online (1997]-)
Note: This database will compare company against company using ratios and financial metrics, access company SEC filings like 10-k’s as well as annual reports and allows you to export financials into Excel.
Value Line Investment Survey, Ratings and Reports

Pardee Reference
X HG 4501 F49
Analysis of 1,700 stocks. Summary and Index provides key data for stocks. Ratings and Reports provide full page coverage of selected industry trends and company analysis. Weekly updates.

See also Value Line Investment Survey. Small and Mid-Cap Edition

Pardee Reference X HG 4501 V262
Handbook of Common Stocks
Pardee Reference – Finance/Stocks, Section 10
X HG 4905 F55
Covers performance data, trends, and profiles of 1,000 leading companies from the New York Stock Exchange. Each profile includes company overview, new developments, Moody’s forecasts, performance statistics, stock charts, institutional holdings, price performance, and more.

Note: Provides market and financial data on companies, industries, mutual funds and other securities. Includes online access to the Value Line Investment Surveys for approximately 1,700 companies in over 90 industries. The Value Line Investment Surveys include historical and current financial results, price and earnings projections and financial commentaries.

Industry Research

Note: Standard & Poor’s Industry Surveys Pardee Homepage – Business Databases Business and economic surveys of 52 major US industries, including financial data on more than 1,000 companies. Each survey includes a broad picture of a specific industry, covering analysis of product developments, markets, and government regulations. Includes a comparative analysis of revenues, income, growth, and financial strength of the industry’s leading companies.

Value Line Investment Survey, Ratings and Reports

Pardee Reference Desk
X HG 4501 F49
Analysis of 1,700 stocks. Summary and Index provides key data for stocks. Ratings and Reports provide full page coverage of selected industry trends and company analysis. Weekly updates.

Mergent’s Industry Review Pardee Reference

X HG 4905 M88
A comprehensive statistical reference that contains key financial information, operating data, and ratios on approximately 3,500 companies. Information is arranged by industry in 137 groups, allowing company and industry comparisons. Biweekly.

Standard & Poor’s Statistical Service

Pardee Reference
X HG 4530 F00
Consists of two sections: Current Statistics (monthly) and Security Price Index Record (biannual). Current Statistics contains a twelve-month record of Standard & Poors Stock Price Indexes plus Basic Statistics for 11 industry groups. Both allow performance comparisons of industry to industry, or industry to stock market.

Economic Forecasting

The Outlook

Pardee Reference
X HG 4530 F29
Standard and Poor’s investment advisory newsletter includes economic outlook and company information. Published weekly.

Value Line. Selection & Opinion

Pardee Reference
X HG 4501 F49
Value Line’s Quarterly Economic Review comes out every three months and includes Forecast of the U.S. Economy. Estimated projections include GDP, Prices and Wages, Production, Money and Interest Rates, and Income. Provides actual indicators four years back, and estimated indicators five years out.

Congressional Budget Office

http://www.cbo.gov

Ten year forecast of basic economic indicators from the U.S. Congressional Budget Office.

The Livingston Survey

http://www.phil.frb.org/econ/liv/index.html

The Philadelphia Fed’s Livingston Survey (started in 1946), is the oldest continuous survey of economists’ expectations. It summarizes the forecast of economists from industry, government, banking, and academia, and projects forward one year.

World Economic Outlook

http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/1999/02/

Produced by the International Monetary Fund, this site includes text reports such as Patterns of Recovery in Asia and Latin America and Japan: Recovery in Sight?. These are in .pdf (Adobe Acrobat) format. Additionally, the WEO database is available via this site. The database provides figures such as real GDP and inflation with reports shown for: all countries, advanced economies, and developing and transition countries.
For books on Economic Forecasting see the Library Catalog subject search “Economic Forecasting”, “Economic Indicators”, and “Business Forecasting”.

 

Note: Contains full-text research reports on the latest issues in business management and on US and global economics. Includes US and global economic indicators and analysis and forecasts of regional, national, and international economic conditions.

 

Note: An index of social, demographic, and economic statistics published by the U.S. government, the U.N. and other international governmental organizations, as well as US state governments, and US private nonprofit and commercial associations and organizations.

Note: More than 200 debt and financial flows indicators for the 135 countries that report public and publicly guaranteed debt to the WBDRS. Data is from 1970 to 2015, where available.

 

Newspapers and Periodicals

Note: Covers over 1,500 publications including general business magazines and leading industry-specific trade journals. For articles on a specific company, enter the name of the company and highlight “Company/Org.” in the field option. Includes Business week, Euromoney, Forbes, Fortune, and Institutional Investor.

Factiva (2001)
Note: A Dow Jones-Reuters database providing full text access to all editions of Dow Jones publications, the Wall Street Journal (back to 1979) and 8,000 other publications.

Note: Indexes newspapers, trade journals, business magazines and much more. Includes full text of New York Times, and Wall Street Journal abstracts.

Barron’s

National business and financial weekly with excellent articles on prospects for industries and individual companies, and a wide range of other business and financial topics of interest to investors. Includes numbers from various national and international stock exchanges. Current issues available in paper until superseded by microfilm. Available full text in Factiva

 

Financial Times

International business and financial newspaper, featuring news from London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, and Tokyo. Includes worldwide stock and bond market data, commodity market data, and monetary/currency exchange information. Current issues at Reserve Desk until superseded by microfilm. Available full text through ejournals, Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe, Proquest and Factiva.

Investor’s Business Daily

Pardee – HF5001.I58

A national business newspaper. Includes statistical information and tables on companies and industries. Covers daily investment market reports and analysis plus company and industry news. Library has current three months.

New York Times

Comprehensive coverage of national, foreign, business and local news. Business section considered the most comprehensive of any US daily general circulation newspaper. Current issues at Reserve Desk until superseded by microfilm. Available full text in Lexis-Nexis Academic Universe and Factiva.

Wall Street Journal

Covers news and trends relating to business, industry, finance, the economy, and international commerce. Provides extensive price and other data for the securities, commodity, options, futures, foreign exchange, and money markets. Current issues at Reserve Desk until superseded by microfilm. Available through ejournals, ABI/Inforum and Factiva.

Financial News Websites

Bloomberg News

http://www.bloomberg.com/welcome.html

Bloomberg’s web site provides very current market-oriented information. Most of the information under News, Stocks, World Indices and other links reflects the day’s market activities. News is not archived. Chart Builder, under the Stocks link, is a unique feature which allows you to enter four ticker symbols and/or major indices and create a free graph comparing your entries. A pop-up menu allows you to select a variety of time frames. Delayed stock quotes and company-specific items from the day’s news are also available. This site includes news developed by Bloomberg and other news providers.

CEO Express

http://www.ceoexpress.com

Links to daily newspapers, business newspapers and magazines, international newspaper and news feeds, as well as stock quotes and company information. See the tool bar on top for Biz research and Industries.

CNNMoney

http://money.cnn.com/

This site, from the editors of CNN and Money magazine, offers a wealth of information on the markets and individual companies, including an excellent “snapshot” of each company’s stock performance and financial ratios (from Market Guide).

Google Finance

http://finance.google.com/finance

Offiers top news stories, stocks markets, and sector information.

PRNewswire

http://www.prnewswire.com/

The “news” on this site actually consists of companies’ press releases, but it can be useful for certain types of information such as new product releases.

Reuters

http://www.reuters.com/investing

Investing section of Reuters Website offers business, market, and economic news. Wealth of information on stocks, bonds, commodities, options, currency and industry.

Yahoo! Finance

http://finance.yahoo.com/

One of the most comprehensive sites on the Web for information on individual stocks.

Stock Exchanges

American Stock Exchange

http://www.amex.com/

Offers 15-20 minute delayed quotes, stock screening, and portfolio tracking for AMEX, NASDAQ, and NYSE stocks and indices. Also has 5 days of market news and 3 months of company news (searchable by ticker symbol) from a selection of wire and news services.

Boston Stock Exchange

http://www.nasdaqtrader.com/Trader.aspx?id=nasdaq_bx

Information about the exchange, jobs and internships, news, and searchable databases of companies listed and securities traded on the Boston Stock Exchange.

Chicago Stock Exchange

http://www.chx.com/

The Chicago Stock Exchange (CHX) is the second largest US stock exchange. Its site includes CHX listings, history, statistics, news and career opportunities.

Nasdaq Stock Market

http://www.nasdaq.com/

Offers 15-20 minute delayed quotes, stock screening, and portfolio tracking for NASDAQ stocks and indices. Also has 5 days of market news and 3 months of company news (searchable by ticker symbol) from a selection of wire and news services.

New York Stock Exchange

http://www.nyse.com/

Market information (including stock prices, market summary and statistics), listed companies with links, and international information are among the NYSE site’s key features.

Philadelphia Stock Exchange

http://www.phlx.com/

A small site which includes quotes, news, newsletters, and historical information.

Global Stock & Commodity Exchanges

http://www.investorlinks.com

An extensive listing of international stock exchanges’ web pages.

Historic Prices

Bloomberg  (dedicated terminal in Pardee Library)

Provides historic prices from publicly traded companies from around the world. To look up a company and its common stock, type the ticker symbol, the yellow <Equity> key and the green <Go> key.

Standard & Poor’s Security Owners Stock Guide

Pardee Reference
X HG 4915 S67(Jan 2004 to Nov. 2007)
Profiles over 6,000 common and preferred stocks. Includes current and past dividend performance, principal business activity, and other important financial data. Also includes S&P earnings and dividend rankings for common stocks, plus financial data for over 700 mutual funds. Generally, financial data will go back 5 years.

Standard & Poor’s Daily Stock Price Record: ASE

Pardee Stacks
X HG 4915 F62 (July 1972 to present)
Prices from July/Sept 2003 to present are available in reference while prices from July/Sept 1972 to Apr/June 2003 are archived in the stacks.

Standard & Poor’s Daily Stock Price Record: NYSE

Pardee Stackds
X HG 4915 F61 (July 1972 to present)
Prices from Oct/Dec 2003 to current are located in the reference area. Prices from July/Sept 1972 to July/Sept 2003 are archived in the stacks.

Standard & Poor’s Daily Stock Price Record: NASDAQ

Pardee Stacks
X HG 4915 D35 (July 1993 to present)
Each volume covers one market. Provides complete daily record of over 10,000 stocks. Each pricing page contains the high, low, and close of stocks traded; bid and asked prices; daily and weekly volumes; dividend information; weekly strength; ratios; and more. Prices from July/Sept 2003 to current are located in reference. Prices from July/Dec 1993 to April/June 2003 are archived in the stacks.

Mergent Dividend Record

Pardee Reference
X HG 4028 D5 F30 (1968 to present)
Dividend announcements, published twice weekly. 2005 to present located in reference. 1968 to 2004 archived in stacks. Note: from 1968-1998 known as “Moody’s” Dividend Record.

Market Results for Stocks, Bonds, Bills and Inflation Yearbook (SBBI)

Pardee Reference
X HG 4501 S7949 (1993-2006, Section 10)
A history of returns in the capital markets of the United States from 1926 to the present. The current year is located at the reference desk.

Stocks, Bonds, Bills, and Inflation: Historical Returns

Pardee Reference
Earlier editions – Finance, Section 10 X HG 4915 I2 1989. Analysis of aggregate returns updates from 1926-1987.

Socially Responsible Investing

Note: Tracks the social, environmental and governance of corporations throughout the world. Formerly known as Global Socrates.
Green Money Journal

http://www.greenmoneyjournal.com

Green Money Journal’s mission is to promote awareness of socially and environmentally responsible business, investing, and consumer resources. Companies and mutual funds involved in socially responsible investments are listed.

Social Investment Forum

http://www.socialinvest.org/

The forum offers information, contacts, and resources on socially responsible investing.
For books on Socially Responsible Investing see Library Catalog and search subject heading Investments–Moral and Ethical Aspects