The range of material investigated included such things as on-line beginners' guide to the Stock Market, Research and Advice on particular company shares and the Australian Stockmarket's future, up-to-date share market prices, commentary on individual stocks and the overall market, and links/references to Stockbrokers.
Share + Market + online + Brokerage + share + market + prices + investment + Australian + Stock + Exchange*
was done with the AltaVista, Excite, HotBot, Lycos, and WebCrawler search engines. This generated about 2 to 290,000 results, depending upon which search engines were used. Of these, only about 50 to 100 sites of each search were sifted through, as by website 60 onwards, the Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) became less relevant. Most international URLs were not considered as they dealt with overseas investment ventures.
*Note the "+" between words, used to find only URLs that contain all of these words. Otherwise, all sites that happened to have any of the words listed above would have been returned.
Any URLs considered relevant, were viewed briefly. If determined useful, their addresses were recorded. Another method was to investigate links from these pages. Once all the searches were sifted through, a list of approximately 30 relevant URLs was generated. This list was analysed in more detail, and formed the collection below.
A page definitely worth visiting, as it is the actual Australian Stock Exchange Page. It contains:
A good site, with extensive coverage on most major stock prices (up-dated 4 times a day). It is well worth visiting for its stock prices, as it gives the ASX code, stock price, company profit, % yield, P/E, % franked and an excellent comment about the companies' share market performance and actions.
3. "David Koch, My Money - Shares, (Online); (Thursday 10 April 1997, Thursday 10 April 1997)", Available:
This site, being that of the My Money web pages, has a very good beginner's guide to shares. Along with excellent sections covering:
A very good links site, covering topics as: Market Information, Stock Quotes, Stock Brokers, Australian Futures, Australian Companies, and Stock Exchanges.
Although, it contains many international links that may or may not be relevant to a local investor (depending upon the individual). But they would most definitely be of interest, such as Overseas Stock Exchanges.
5. "E.L. & C. Baillieu Limited, E.L. & C. Baillieu Limited, (Online); (Thursday 19 December 1997, Thursday 10 April 1997)", Available:
An informative site, that gives up to date information on Australian and overseas markets through daily market reports. Along with:
Well designed links page, covering many aspects of finance, including the share market. Such linked topics include: Brokersí online, on-line Glossaries and Dictionaries, Equities, Interest Rates, Currencies and a Links Site and Directories.
It has an extremely good ratings guide for all links and an explanation of categories.
7. "The Australian Financial Services Directory, Australian Financial Services Directory, (Online); (Unknown, Thursday 10 April 1997)", Available:
One of the best and extensive pages on the share market (if not the best apart from no. 1). It is a daily up-dated site, covering such linked topics as:
8. "Wilson HTM Limited, Wilson HTM Limited, (Online); (Monday 17 March 1997, Thursday 10 April 1997)", Available:
A good page from Wilson HTM Stock and Share Brokers. It contains:
9. "Stuart Cutler, Dicksons Limited - One of Australia's leading stockbrokers, (Online); (Thursday 10 April 1997, Thursday 10 April 1997)", Available:
A page from one of Australia's most prominent and leading brokers. If it is advice on which shares to consider purchasing, then this is the page to visit. It contains such topics as:
From the above collection of sites, it can be seen that there was a plentiful amount of good resources available on the Share Market. Many web sites that had good and relevant information were left out, due to word limitations. Nevertheless, the above only represents a small proportion.
In terms of the task, the most challenging part was finding a few decent pages on the topic, as a starting point. With a few of these, the rest were found through the links section on each.
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