Slowly and slowly I have become very efficient at searching for abstruse information and pulling it all together - at least that is what my last performance review reads. While I cannot help with analysis, I can certainly compile the list of sites to get useful information.
1. SEC: - the place to start any kind of corporate research. Search for a company, read its 10-K and 10-Q filings.
2. Yahoo Finance: For up to minute news, consensus estimates, message boards. Create virtual portfolios.
3. Briefing.com: The best up-to-minute commentary of what is happening in the markets.
4. Technorati: And other blog search engines. Unfortunately google doesnt search blogs currently (or more precisely, doesnt give an option to search blogs only - which might be more current than the mainstream media outlets, which would appear first if you type, say MTV 2005 awards).
India Research sites:
1. SEC: For Indian ADR's like Infosys, Tata Motors, Rediff - searh for Form 20F (Annual filings), 424B4 (prospectus), etc.
2. http://www.bseindia.com/: Bombay stock exchange website.
3.. http://www.moneycontrol.com/: Message board section gives rumuor mill on a company.
4. http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/iw/index.htm: Hindu Business Line is the most unbiased financial newspaper in the country.
5. http://www.indiastockblog.com: Blog from the "Seeking Alpha" network - this network ranked highest on Businessweek's list of top rated financial blogs.
1. http://www.treasurydirect.gov/: To buy goverment bonds. 2 yr is yielding 4%.