WEB SITES FOR DISCERNING FINANCE
PART VIII: SPECIAL AREAS OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
@rating. Free company and country risk ratings courtesy of Coface,
the leading French company for credit information and receivables
management. Information is available in a number of languages.
adr.com. A wealth of information about
American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and international equities courtesy
Brandeis professor Ben Gomes-Casseres' useful Web site on alliance
strategy and management. Free content includes useful presentation
slides, forums, and other materials.
Resources, news, and data covering Asia and the Pacific Rim.
- Asia Pacific Management Forum.
Daily and monthly columns, over 1,000 entries in a searchable
database of related Websites, and more.
The Association of Corporate
Treasurers (ACT). A UK gateway to information on corporate treasury
matters. This includes foreign exchange, as well as infrastructure issues
like risk management, and derivatives. Be sure to check out their
- The Australian Financial Review.
- Bankruptcy Web Sites
- American Bankruptcy Institute
(ABI) World. Research and education resources related to insolvency.
Basics. Booklet provides a detailed discussion of different
types of bankruptcy -- courtesy of the Bankruptcy
Division of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts
which produced it to assist the public in understanding bankruptcy.
Bankruptcy Attorney ... and
legal Research Information.
Bankruptcy resources and even help in locating an attorney
specializing in bankruptcy.
Free Services. Extensive bankruptcy research resources -- some at no
charge and some for a fee.
Bankruptcy Research Database
(BRD) | Web BRD. Powerful business bankruptcy research tool enables you
to design and instantly execute an empirical
study of large, public company bankruptcy cases in seconds.
Bankruptcy Resources. Bankruptcy related news, resources, and legal
topics courtesy of BankruptcyLawFirms.com.
Bankruptcy. The SEC answers FAQs about the bankruptcy process.
Predictor Z-Score Page. Altman Z-Score calculator uses
statistical techniques to predict a company's probability of
- InterNet Bankruptcy Library. Link and
JaxWorks: Z-Score Analysis
Calculation. Online bankruptcy predictor calculator lets
you calculate Altman Z-scores for publicly-held companies.
Special Report: Bankruptcy
Reform 2005. Courtesy of CCH, Inc.
A Basic Guide to
Exporting. A publication of the U.S. Department of Commerce in
Cooperation with Unz & Co., Inc.
- The Big Mac Index and Purchasing Power Parity (PPP)
Big Mac Index. Short article and interactive currency-comparison tool courtesy of The
Economist. (July 2013)
Illustrates purchasing-power parity in an entertaining way.
Mac Index (Generator). Interactive Big Mac Index generator courtesy
of Dr. Sergio Da Silva.
Index: Online Lesson. A nice online tutorial focusing on purchasing
A Big Mac Guide to Purchasing Power Parity. Nice article on
PPP courtesy of The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
"Burger Survey Provides Taste of International Economics".
Another article on
PPP courtesy of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Börse @ GOYAX - Börsenkurse für Aktien,
Fonds und Wertpapiere. GOYAX Exchange - quotes for stocks,
funds and securities at German and European Stock Exchange Markets.
- Business English Online.
Some great links -- whether you need some help with English or not.
Business News Agency
PRIME-TASS. Russia's leading business news agency --
provides coverage of major economic and political news in
Russia and the 14 former Soviet states.
( Russian )
Business Valuation Techniques Information at Business.com.
information on analytical approaches to valuing a firm, including cash
flow, economic value added, ratio comparison and
valuing equity as an option.
Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC). Provides rules and
regulations, market statistics on the China stock
market as well as annual reports and information about listed companies
Factbook. A wealth of information about every country on earth.
Continuous Linked Settlement
The official site for CLS -- a private method for settling
large-value foreign exchange payments.
- The Derivatives 'Zine. A wealth of information
and links on derivatives.
Doing Business -- The World bank
Group. Excellent database provides objective measures of business
regulations and their enforcement that are comparable across
155 economies. They indicate the regulatory costs of business and can be
used to analyze specific regulations that enhance or constrain
investment, productivity and growth.
DuPont's Tracking Stock. This Motley
Fool article helps you learn about tracking stocks.
- The Economic Times.
India's No.1 business newspaper.
Briefings. Useful reference collection of country
profiles, which contain background information, forecasts and
statistics, market updates, and links to more information.
Economy in Latin
America -- LANIC. University of Texas Latin American Network
Information Center (LANIC) site covering business in Latin America -- in
English, Spanish, and Portuguese.
EMU and Euro Information.
Some good links and FAQs on the EMU, Euro, and IT too.
Euroland.com. Reports on nine
different European stock exchanges in eight different languages.
banking finance and capital markets news and analysis. Many
features require you to have a paid subscription; however, some
Universities have arrangements with Euromoney that allow students
on-campus access to more features.
Europe's leading cross-border exchange. Provides services for regulated
stock and derivatives markets in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and
Portugal, as well as in the UK (derivatives only).
Union -- A Guide for Americans. Online guide to the European Union
includes a chronology and links to EU web sites.
EVCA: The European Private
Equity and Venture Capital Association. A rich source of
information relevant to private equity and venture capital.
- Export-Import Bank. Export-Import
(EX-IM) Bank of the United States.
Export Portal. U.S. Department of
Commerce site offers resources about trade and exporting.
FDI.net. World Bank-sponsored website
devoted to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). A clearinghouse about
different FDI initiatives and projects taking place across the globe,
along with offering electronic newsletters and materials for potential
fDI (Foreign Direct Investment)
Magazine. The internet portal of fDi Magazine provides
sources of information on foreign direct investment.
- Finance & Development.
A quarterly magazine published by the International Monetary Fund
featuring articles in international economics and finance,
with special emphasis on economic development.
of Asian finance news, commentary, analysis, interactive tools, and
data for finance professionals (and students too).
Finance India: The
Quarterly Journal of Finance. Web site of the official publication
of the Indian Institute of Finance.
- Finfacts: Irish Finance and Business.
trade leads and world import/export portal.
- Foreign Exchange Rates and Education Web Sites
Currencies converter -- also, has multi-year historical exchange rates
(a nice feature).
Generates an interactive exchange rate table.
Neat Canadian (U. of British Columbia) site allows you to change the "base
currency" and plot data.
Foreign Exchange: FX Fundamentals. Excellent tutorial courtesy of
The Learning Curve.
Forex Traders. Foreign
currency trading news, reviews, charts, tools, and education.
The Story of Foreign Trade and Exchange. Federal Reserve Bank of New
York explains the basic principles underlying foreign trade and exchange
in a rather "cool" comic book.
FT.com -- Special
Report/Euro. News and comment on the euro.
- Futures and Options Web Sites
CBOE | Chicago Board Options
Exchange. Real-Time & Delayed Options Quotes.
- CME Group. Building on the
heritage of CME, CBOT, NYMEX, COMEX and KCBT, CME Group serves the risk
management needs of customers around the globe. See their online
Fundamentals: Derivatives Made Simple.
Derivatives One: Online
Financial Derivatives Calculator. Comprehensive derivatives
valuation service aimed at the non-professional user, and has over 50
derivatives models and provides help on every input to each model.
Eurex. Futures and
options market for European derivative instruments.
- Futures Online.
Online version of Futures magazine plus additional
futures/options information and links.
- Iowa Electronic Markets
The Iowa Electronic Markets are real-money futures markets where
contract payoffs depend on economic and political events such as
IVolatility.com. Stock options
analysis site provides a stock's current volatility, implied volatility,
historical volatility, and more.
Derivatives Calculators. Calculators for options, multi-options,
convertible bonds, and warrants. Also visit their
Links Index and Main
- The Office for Futures
Options Research (OFOR). Futures, options, and derivatives markets
information and links.
Option Club. A host of material
on stock options. Beginners may want to visit their Option Club
& Stock Price Probability Calculators. Exchange traded options
pricing calculators and stock price behaviour calculators courtesy of Peter
Options Education. Options trading educaton and options
Options Industry Council
(OIC). Devoted to educationg users about options -- has a variety of
information and data.
The Options Clearing Corporation
(OCC). Equity derivative clearing organization provides a Learning
Center, publications, market data, and more.
- Philadelphia Stock Exchange
(PHLX). Home of an options exchange and exchange marketplace for
trading currency options.
- A Short Course --
Commodity Markets and Futures Trading. TFC Commodity Charts, a
Canadian company, offers this short course on U.S. commodities and
futures trading for beginners.
Yahoo! Options Center. General
information about options, a glossary, the latest options news, and a
A web-portal maintained by Michigan State
University that provides information, insights, and learning
resources on global business activities.
Global Finance Magazine.
Monthly news and analysis since 1987 about companies and financial
institutions that do business around the world.
- Global Investor. Global
financial data and analysis -- plus, a well-organized list
of links to other
sites dealing with global finance.
GlobeTrade.com. Has links to a
lot of information useful to entrepreneurs and small businesses wanting
to go global.
- Hebels Financial Website.
Dutch stock prices, company links, graphs, business news and more -- in
- IASB -- International Accounting
Standards Board . The IASB is an
independent accounting standard setter committed to developing, in the
public interest, a single set of high quality, understandable and
enforceable global accounting standards.
A portal to prominent business research; and, be sure to check out
& Finance. FREE registration is required.
Association. The International Compliance Association supports
and educates compliance professionals in the fight against terrorist
financing, corruption, money laundering and financial crime.
International Corporate Governance
Network. A number of resources are provided by a group interested in
fostering a dialogue on the development of global corporate governance
- IMF Dissemination Standards Bulletin
Board. Economic and financial data provided by member countries of
the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
ISO 4217 Type Currency Symbol
List. List of global currencies and the three-character currency
codes that are generally used to represent them. (You may already
recognize USD, but this site will also help you identify codes like YUM
information source for Latin American economies.
- London Forfaiting.
Learn about "forfaiting" (e.g., what is it?) from a world-class "forfaiter."
Lowtax.net. Information about
offshore jurisdictions, providing authoritative, practical
information about the laws, taxes, e-commerce, and business environments
of each of the top offshore jurisdictions.
- Market Access and Compliance.
U.S. Department of Commerce Web site provides information on accessing foreign
"The Reference Desk: International Business, Finance &
- Mergers and Acquisitions Web Sites
Bureau of Competition. The FTC's antitrust arm seeks to prevent
business practices that restrain
competition -- including monopolistic practices, attempts to monopolize,
conspiracies in restraint of trade, and anticompetitive mergers and
Statistics on Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). Courtesy of the Institute
of Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances.
of Justice: Antitrust Division.
Provides access to electronic documents related to the
enforcement of antitrust laws, including policies, guidelines, case
filings, speeches, testimony, and press releases.
Institute. Think-tank founded within McKinsey & Company,
offers original research, analysis, and recommendations on critical
economic issues -- from outsourcing to competitiveness -- facing
businesses and governments worldwide.
Securities Research & Links. An English-language resource on
Japanese Finance from Mizuho Securities.
European research and information portal, providing independent advice
and guidance on social systems and private financial sectors in various
countries across Europe.
Nikkei Net Interactive.
Japanese business news online.
Northcote: the Link to UK Annual
OFFSTATS: Official Statistics on the Web. This University of Aukland
site lists Web sites offering social, economic, and general data country
- Overseas Private Investors Corporation
(OPIC). OPIC is an independent U.S. Government agency that assists
U.S. companies in some 140 emerging economies.
- Pensions & Investments: The International
Newspaper of Money Management. Pension fund management and institutional
investing news, performance data, articles, and links.
- A Plain English Guide to
Antitrust Laws. Full text of Promoting Competition, Protecting
Consumers booklet from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Visit the
FTC for mergers and acquisitions guidelines,
business guidance, and more.
Project Finance Portal.
A comprehensive reference guide for students, researchers, and
practitioners seeking to obtain information about project finance.
RiceBox.com. Extensive set of
information links on Asia, courtesy of Dr. Neale O'Connor, City
University of Hong Kong.
- Risk Management Web Sites
Extensive risk management information -- including derivative
credit risk, financial engineering, and "value-at-risk."
EDHEC-Risk Institute. An
academic institution of reference for the investment industry.
- GARP: Global Association of Risk
Professionals. Leading professional orgainization for risk
RIMS | Risk Management Magazine.
A source of analysis, insight and news for corporate risk managers.
RiskLab® Switzerland. RiskLab
inter-university research institute, concentrating on precompetitive,
applied research in the general area of (integrated) risk management for
finance and insurance. The research results are freely
available; technical reports and papers are published on RiskLab's
investment portal and research center -- featuring
daily market data · news · economics · research · analysis &
International coalition against corruption in international business
transactions. Site contains news, surveys, publications, links, and
more (and is available in a number of languages).
The University of Foreign
Exchange. A virtual educational community for the individual foreign
US-ASEAN Business Council. ASEAN
business information, news, market research, and updates on economic
trends and doing business in the Association of Southeast Asian
Business valuation resources including links to valuation
publications, industry resources, economic data, public company
information, mergers and acquisitions data, etc. -- some of the
data providers linked to require a fee, but many do not.
- World Trade Organization (WTO).
YaleGlobal Online Magazine.
A place to explore the many dimensions of globalization courtesy of the
Yale Center for the Study of Globalization.
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