Monday, July 28, 2008

Investment Research on BCRC

Reuters Research on Demand (formerly Multex) is now providing investment reports to the Business & Company Resource Center. One advantage of the new partnership with Reuters is that the reports are much more timely with many posted the day they are released. But users will see an entirely new list of contributors. Brand name banks and brokerages are no longer included, instead there are company profiles from Reuters, earnings reports from Zachs, Ratings, and reports from boutique research firms. Users should be aware that some of these research firms are targeting specific audiences especially traders, for example, 3_D Research focuses on options trading strategies, EconomicInvestor looks at economic macro risk, PriceTarget Research and ValuEngine use quantitative models to assess growth and value. Another contributor, rates stocks based on what they call “guru analysis,” the investment strategies of Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch, Martin Zweig, William O’Neill, Warren Buffett and others. I am not sure how valuable these reports are for our student audience although I can see their appeal to an individual investor who uses BCRC at a public library. Gale Cengage provides a list of current providers of investment research to the BCRC.

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