Financial Investment Companies

Written by Shirley Parker
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The big names in financial investment have been around for decades, and some have merged during that time. Smith Barney, Fidelity, Schwab, John Hancock, Vanguard, and T. Rowe Price are only a few of the names. American Express has its own financial investing arm. Morningstar is well known and highly regarded for the quality of its equity research and other provided services.

Financial consultants are available at all major financial investment companies. Some are deeply discounted, charge minimal fees, and don't provide a lot of counseling. Others have a variety of options for their customers. Charles Schwab, for example, offers independent investing, advised investing, and active trading. Full service stockbrokers handle every aspect of an investment portfolio and will also make recommendations to buy or sell. However, the individual investor can also locate online brokers through various sources.

The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), American Stock Exchange (AMEX) and NASDAQ are all investment opportunities that require time and careful research. When the research is done, it may still be more reassuring to consult a professional broker before actually selecting stocks. That decision rests on a person's overall knowledge of investing and his or her comfort level for risk.

Overseas Investment Companies

Investing in foreign companies requires additional knowledge that the average person doesn't have. That's when direction from financial investment companies who specialize, at least in part, in overseas investments can be extremely valuable. Some companies monitor a particular country and its various business investments, perhaps those of Ireland or Singapore. Others are drawn to the emerging markets of China, or energy prospects in South America.

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