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OCTOBER 1, 1999 VOL. 25 NO. 39

E-vesting: Not a Punters' Paradise
Asia is still building up its arsenal of online investment information, but the facts can be found by clicking around

more: links to online investment sites

With the possible exception of a dart board, an investor's most valuable tool is information. But even in the information age, staying abreast of Asian companies and markets is challenging. While financial websites carrying U.S. business news and commentary are plentiful (The Motley Fool, TheStreet.Com, and Microsoft MoneyCentral are visited by millions), the region has yet to produce comprehensive, one-stop investment supersites.

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Jeremy Pink, editor-in-chief of global investing site, says a number of factors, including the economic Crisis, have held back development. "In Asia, telecommunications costs remain high, computers are expensive, and people have been gun shy of investing in the last two years," Pink said. "But as Asian countries move up the technological curve and things improve economically, demand from individuals for web-based financial information should grow."

Regional investors already up the curve - and on the Net - need not wait. They can assemble personalized financial databases suited to their investment strategies and interests. Start by bookmarking sites that post regional market and business news. At Yahoo Finance, for example, you can click on links that take you to country-by-country reports. Yahoo also runs a regional summary called "Asian Economy" that can provide a daily snapshot of business happenings.

Or go right to the source by plumbing the content at regional business publications and newspapers. Some sites charge for access, but most are free. WebWombat and News offer broad lists of publication links. Also check out AsiaOne Business Center, a Singapore-focused site that will take you to online publications covering Hong Kong, Thailand, the Philippines, and other Asian nations. The AsiaNow site (operated by Time Warner, owner of Asiaweek) includes regional financial news from organizations including Time, CNNfn and this magazine. For China news, check out the financial resources page at and (Sohu is Chinese language only).

Sophisticated content such as expert market commentary and professional analysis remain sparse in Asia's corner of the Net. But specialty sites and online brokers are adding material rapidly. posts daily commentaries from columnists around the world including Asia. Another source is iDS Finance, based in the Philippines, which provides regional market overviews. For additional resources, click to websites of the stock exchanges on which you trade. U.S. search engine Looksmart provides the connections.

As individuals in Asia increasingly take control of their financial destinies with cross-border investments in global markets, a torrent of information will be required, says Daniel Burke, senior analyst with Boston-based internet brokerage Gomez Advisors Inc. "The most glaring need is investor education - always is and always will be." For those willing to educate themselves foraging on the Web, the truth is out there.

Yahoo! Is the entry point for country-by-country financial news. Also hit
A fee-based investment information channel run by Reuters news service and Hong Kong's Netvigator Internet service provider
Regional economic news from CNN, Time, and Asiaweek
More news links, in English and Chinese.
Includes stock quotes, company profiles and the Dow Jones Newswire - but there's a fee for access
Paths to online newspapers
More publication links
AsiaOne Business Centre is strong on Singapore and offers regional coverage

Asian markets commentary
Online trading site includes breaking news on companies and markets in Asia - in English, Chinese and Japanese
IDS Finance provides fundamental and technical analysis, as well as regional financial news, for nine Asian stock exchanges
The skinny on Indian companies listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange. Online trading too
Interactive Investor International is an aspiring investment supersite with news and diverse links to other investment resources

Click the "Finance" button on the homepage, then click "Markets & Exchanges" for links to stock exchanges around the world

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