WEB SITES FOR DISCERNING FINANCE
PART VII: INTERMEDIATE AND LONG-TERM FINANCING
10K Wizard. User-friendly way to
search SEC filings.
adr.com. A wealth of information about
American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and international equities courtesy
ADRs (American Depository
Receipts): Global Investing & Personal Finance with The Bank of NY.
A great source of information on ADRs.
Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).
Get basic information on Aussie-listed stocks and access investor
The Banker. Magazine
site has news and articles
covering retail and investment banking, capital markets, FX and
Treasury, global securities services, and technology.
The Bond Strategist. Previews and
reviews of credit markets and their related economies.
collection of credit risk modeling resources.
Euroland.com. Reports on nine
different European stock exchanges in eight different languages.
- Financial Pipeline. Dedicated
to financial education and understanding. Check out their Stocks
and Bonds sections.
FINRA -- Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority. The largest independent regulator for all securities
firms doing business in the United States. Their Investors section
offers articles, interactive tools, alerts and other resources to help
make you a better investor.
to Read a Prospectus". An informative explanation from the Office
of the Missouri Secretary of State.
- How to Read
The Wall Street Journal. Guide from Dow Jones & Company
helps new readers understand all elements of The Wall Street
Journal. Also try The WSJ Guide to
Investors -- Education. Morgan Stanley site has links to excellent
tutorials prepared by The Wall Street Journal -- e.g., click on
the various sub-topics found at
- Investing-in-Bonds.Com. Bond basics
Investment Company Fact Book.
Latest review of trends and activities in the US investment company
industry (mutual funds, closed end funds, ETFs and UITs), courtesy of
the Investment Company Institute.
Tutorials and Lessons. Check out "Stock Basics" and "Bond and Debt
Basics" in particular.
- IPO Web Sites
IPO. Site is organized into several main IPO information categories,
with the home page showing summaries and selected information from
Central. A wealth of information
on Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) from Hoover's Online.
Yahoo! IPOs. Yahoo! devotes one
page of its Finance site to IPO information.
- Islamic Banking/Finance Web Sites
Accountancy and Islam. Links to a series of lectures (PDF versions)
on accountancy (and finance) and Islam.
"A Basic Guide to Contemprary Islamic Banking and Finance".
by Professor Mahmoud El-Gamal, Rice University.
Islamic Market Indexes. Dow Jones provides a wealth of information
about their Islamic Market Indexes including methodology, statistics,
links, downloads, and articles.
Introduction to Islamic Finance. ACCA Studying Paper helpful to passing Paper F9.
ISI Emerging Markets IFIS.
Islamic Finance Information Service (IFIS) provides a wealth of
information on Islamic Finance markets and securities.
-- Wikipedia. Article from Wikipedia.
Information on Islamic banking, finance, and
Finance: An Ethical Alternative to Conventional Finance?". An ACCA Discussion Paper
-- quite good.
Finance Explained. Interactive feature courtesy of FT.com explores the main Islamic financial instruments,
the key players and where the industry is heading.
Islamic Finance: Overview and Policy
Concerns". Congressional Reasearch Service (CRS) Report for Congress prepared by Shayerah
Ilias, Analyst in International Trade and Finance, November 30, 2010.
on Islamic Investment, Banking, Finance, and Insurance.
Special Report: Islamic
Finance. In-depth, multi-part look at Islamic Finance.
- Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act Web Sites
Jumpstart Our Business
Startups Act - Wikipedia. JOBS Act background courtesy of
MoFo Jumpstarter - The JOBS
Act | Morrison Foerster. Covers the Act's key provisions in
detail through alerts, multimedia presentations and other
resource links. Also visit their blog at
provides current updates and commentary related to the Act.
- J.P. Morgan & Co., Inc.
Investment banking firm.
- Leasing Web Sites
CCH Business Owner's Toolkit.
Information on financing, taxes, regulations, laws, and marketing. Visit
Equipment to learn all about "leasing" -- terminology, advantages,
disadvantages, lease vs. purchase, tax implications, and more.
- Equipment Leasing
and Finance Association
(ELFA) Online. Information on a wide variety of issues and topics
related to the equipment leasing and finance industry.
Equipment Leasing & Finance
the Foundation, provides its publications and resources free to
those studying and researching in the equipment lease financing
industry and to industry professionals. Students, faculty, and certain
others can obtain a free password -- see
the Work with Us
link for details.
Finance & Leasing Association.
The leading trade association for the asset, consumer and motor finance
sectors in the UK.
Leaseurope. The European
Federation of Leasing Company Associations website contains a wide array
of information and statistics.
Leasing in Canada. Useful
source of information on equipment leasing in Canada for
lessees, vendors, brokers, lessors, and business students too.
London Stock Exchange.
Major Rating Agencies.
Links to major rating agencies and long-term bond rating definitions.
Structure. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) created this
excellent website to promote better understanding of our equity markets
and equity market structure through the use of data and analytics.
- Merrill Lynch. Investment banking
Search. Transaction information on corporate bonds as reported
to NASD TRACE (Trade Reporting and Compliance Engine). In addition,
contains basic descriptive information and credit ratings on individual
- The Nasdaq Stock Market
- The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).
And, visit NYSE
Listings to track down information on specific firms.
MarkeTrac. Access stock
quotes, price charts, news and other market data (including a stock's
"A Plain English
Handbook: How to Create Clear SEC Disclosure Documents". A really
informative aand entertaining booklet from the SEC. The Preface is even
written by Warren Buffett.
ProxyDemocracy.org. Tracks how
big shareholders -- e.g., Vanguard or CalPERS -- plan to vote (or have
voted) at annual shareholders' meetings. Also offers an "activism"
score, which measures how often a fund votes against management.
Proxy Monitor. Web portal
through which investors, reporters,
academics, and policymakers can access information on shareholder
involvement in corporate governance.
on preferred stocks and other exchange-traded income investments such
as REITS, Closed-end Funds, ETFs, and Royalty Trusts.
Quote.com. FREE worldwide quotes,
charts, and news covering all major financial markets.
Small Biz. Small businessrs registering securities with the SEC
information courtesy of The Entrepreneur's Help Page.
- SEC EDGAR Database. Corporate
SEC filings from the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval
- SEC Home Page. Especially nice is
Q&A: Small Business and the
SEC -- a "nuts and bolts" explanation of federal securities laws.
- The Securities Law Home Page.
Essays and information on securities law. Site also contains a Corporate Finance Information
- Securities Lawyer's
Contains the text of the basic federal securities laws (e.g.,
Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934) and
regulations, as well as links to the principal Securities and
Exchange Commission forms under those laws and regulations. This
excellent resource is courtesy of The University of Cincinnati College
- Securities Offering Reform Web Sites (NOTE: On
June 29, 2005
the SEC adopted rules that modify and advance significantly the
registration, communications, and offering processes under the Securities
Act of 1933.)
The SEC Improves the Securities Offering Process. A comprehensive
56-page summary of the final rules as a guide to help navigate the new
terrain, and an analysis of the central issues that companies
and underwriters will face. Courtesy of Latham & Watkins. LLP.
Securities Offering Reform: June 29, 2005. SEC Chairman Donaldson's
announcement of the 6/29/05 reforms.
Securities Act Reform Arrives. A very nice (short) summary of the
key provisions of the SEC's Securities Offering Reform final rules
courtesy of Lantham & Watkins, LLP.
Offering Reform: Final Rule. An aid to preparing for practice
under the SEC's Securities Offering Reform rules. Book is
available for free download courtesy of Bowne & Co., Inc.
Offering Reform Resource Center. Courtesy of Sutherland Asbill &
Brennan LLP's Securities/Corporate Governance Group.
Reform -- Release No. 33-8591.The SEC's final rule -- 468 pages
on Proxy Matters. Provides shareholders with general information
about how to cast their vote and why voting should be an important
consideration for shareholders.
Visit this site's Overview (Tutorial) related to
Venture Capitalists Do" Good article explains the role that
venture capitalists play in the economy. Note: You will have to
download an Adobe Acrobat
Virtual Museum and Archive of
the Securities and Exchange Commission Historical Society.
History of financial regulation from the 20th century to the
present. Built and administered by the SEC Historical Society, it is
exhibited independent of any oversight from the U.S. Securities and
- What We Do.
A detailed explanation (with links) of the work of the SEC.
Yahoo! Bonds Center.
information about bonds, a glossary, the latest bond news, and a message
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