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    • yorkie3
    • By yorkie3 25th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
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    Google Finance is under renovation.
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    • 25th Sep 17, 9:12 AM
    Google Finance is under renovation. 25th Sep 17 at 9:12 AM
    Looks like Google finance is going the way of the dodo. Any recommendations for alternatives?
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    • bowlhead99
    • By bowlhead99 25th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 9:55 AM
    Looks like Google finance is going the way of the dodo. Any recommendations for alternatives?
    Originally posted by yorkie3
    You mean the portfolio feature?
    There's no perfect free solution really. Depending on what's in your portfolio, sites like FT, trustnet, morningstar, ADVFN etc might help.
    • yorkie3
    • By yorkie3 25th Sep 17, 10:26 AM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 10:26 AM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 10:26 AM
    Yes, the portfolio feature is being retired. Also, the charts use flash and crash regularly now. I wondered if anyone had a similar free site for quick stock prices, dynamic charts and portfolios.
    • Glen Clark
    • By Glen Clark 25th Sep 17, 11:29 AM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 11:29 AM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 11:29 AM
    It was good whilst it lasted.
    I don't know of any others offering live prices for free
    All the other free services seem to be delayed by at least 15 minutes.
    (I use x-o - sometimes a share price in the portfolio valuation will be wildly out, but can always get the up to date price by clicking on it.)
    “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” --Upton Sinclair
    • Rollinghome
    • By Rollinghome 25th Sep 17, 12:31 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:31 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:31 PM
    It's an odd choice of words, "renovate" when it appears they intend to kill off the bit most users want. Apparently we're to be treated to a "new experience" - https://support.google.com/finance/answer/7534448

    To add to the other suggestions, there's Yahoo Finance and HL offers real-time prices and is useful for ITs as it also charts the premium/discount, but I think you need to have an account to set up a "watchlist".
    • bowlhead99
    • By bowlhead99 25th Sep 17, 12:49 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:49 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:49 PM
    It's an odd choice of words, "renovate" when it appears they intend to kill off the bit most users want. Apparently we're to be treated to a "new experience" - https://support.google.com/finance/answer/7534448
    Originally posted by Rollinghome
    As a counterpoint, I visit Google Finance most days for general interest or to see some company-specific or markets news, and the portfolio feature is not the bit I most want at all.
    • Rollinghome
    • By Rollinghome 25th Sep 17, 12:53 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:53 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 12:53 PM
    As a counterpoint, I visit Google Finance most days for general interest or to see some company-specific or markets news, and the portfolio feature is not the bit I most want at all.
    Originally posted by bowlhead99
    Ah, but you are famously eccentric.
    • bowlhead99
    • By bowlhead99 25th Sep 17, 1:10 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 1:10 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 1:10 PM
    I use the site for news and financial information - quite normal behaviour

    For tracking funds or stocks I own, my broker / platform will tell me what they're worth and what dividends they've given me, and I can track performance in a spreadsheet if I want calculations my platform doesn't provide. For stocks or funds which I don't own but would like on a 'watchlist', I can put them in a virtual portfolio on my platform's website or pop them into trustnet / morningstar / advfn etc as mentioned.
    • Rollinghome
    • By Rollinghome 25th Sep 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 1:34 PM
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    • 25th Sep 17, 1:34 PM
    I do much the same except that I rarely use Google Finance unless I want a chart for a specific point to point rather than a set period to date as GF seems to be the site offering that. Otherwise, I'm more likely to use the sites they link to directly or do a specific Google search.

    I'll judge their "new experience" when it arrives. I suspect it might give them a better way to monetise the service
    • Linton
    • By Linton 25th Sep 17, 2:36 PM
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    I find Trustnet very useful because of its good charting facility - you can plot the performance of your portfolio against indexes, funds or other portfoliosover any time period and also compare data during the standard performance periods (1,3,6 months 1,3,5,10 years and individual years). Morningstar gives access to the Xray facility for analysing the asset allocation of the portfolio.

    It would seem that people wanting free access to more information such as share and financial data are going to be disappointed in the future. I had an email from the FT to say that their information of this type will be moved behind the paywall. If the FT can do it successfully I cant see other providers missing out.
    • Nerdlinger
    • By Nerdlinger 25th Sep 17, 10:22 PM
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    Yahoo Finance was my first point of reference before Google started with their free real-time prices, I've been back there today to update my shares portfolio, I think it's a much better service than Google but 15 minutes delayed. I always liked the historical data.

    I have been using London Stock Exchange portfolio service to check all-important closing prices because Google Finance have always ignored these apart from the day's change but even that has been flaky on Google recently - alternating between changes from previous day's closing price and some arbitrary price. I probably won't need LSE so much if I go back to using Yahoo.

    I could get real-time data from my broker's website but I like to monitor my portfolio without any 2-stage authentication etc. and I don't really really need real-time, I'm not Gordon Ghekko.
    • george4064
    • By george4064 10th Oct 17, 8:38 AM
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    Yahoo Finance was my first point of reference before Google started with their free real-time prices, I've been back there today to update my shares portfolio, I think it's a much better service than Google but 15 minutes delayed. I always liked the historical data.

    I have been using London Stock Exchange portfolio service to check all-important closing prices because Google Finance have always ignored these apart from the day's change but even that has been flaky on Google recently - alternating between changes from previous day's closing price and some arbitrary price. I probably won't need LSE so much if I go back to using Yahoo.

    I could get real-time data from my broker's website but I like to monitor my portfolio without any 2-stage authentication etc. and I don't really really need real-time, I'm not Gordon Ghekko.
    Originally posted by Nerdlinger
    I'm in the same boat as you nerdlinger. Going to give Yahoo Finance a go, however I prefer Google's basic layout to Yahoo's all guns blazing page with videos etc!!
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    • Nerdlinger
    • By Nerdlinger 30th Oct 17, 10:04 AM
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    As of now Google Finance has been renovated. The portfolio feature has gone, leaving lists of shares you are interested in... They now don't even list volume of shares traded. I don't think I have any use for it now and Yahoo's 15-minute delay doesn't have the same appeal as real-time.

    Perhaps this is for the best. It's probably not healthy to monitor investments too closely and maybe Google made that too easy for me. I also use the LSE's Portfolio Daily Summary email service, good for aforementioned definitive closing prices, I think this might be the way forward...

    George, you can bookmark the portfolio page and avoid the home page.
    • LHW99
    • By LHW99 30th Oct 17, 10:42 AM
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    I tend to monitor my portfolio weekly (generally Friday's closing prices) - and I thought that was a bit over the top. I've never really found it a problem therefore to have a 15min delay on prices.
    Many years ago, it was possible to monitor shares on Ceefax (remember that!) but even then it wasn't actually real-time.
    • dividendgoal
    • By dividendgoal 11th Nov 17, 1:23 PM
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    I was apprehensive of the 'renovation' as I was used to checking my portfolios in Google Finance several times a week and enjoyed the relatively uncluttered experience with self-explanatory metrics. It's true that it lacked some features but did the overall job well. Yahoo Finance was okay but I finally migrated my portfolios to Wallmine. I believe they're quite new but the service is very good.
    • le loup
    • By le loup 11th Nov 17, 3:26 PM
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    well thank you for going to all the bother of signing up - just to plug a company. Particularly on a UK site when the company you plug is US and doesn't quote UK companies.
    Nice try.
    • pavane
    • By pavane 11th Nov 17, 6:03 PM
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    Yahoo has always been better anyway. Better app, better customisation, better export, better API. As an alternative look at Morningstar.
    • adamccc
    • By adamccc 15th Nov 17, 10:50 AM
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    Another fantastic option is Stockopedia

    They offer a free account alongside their paid data and screening service, which gives you access to portfolios, analytics and their amazing discussion forum and educational stuff.

    You can get your free account here: stockopedia dot com/auth/register

    I know the guys are always happy to give you a trail of all their data and tools at no cost too
    • Prism
    • By Prism 15th Nov 17, 12:49 PM
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    I use investing dot com for live share prices as it has worldwide coverage and a functional mobile app. Trustnet for funds
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 10th Dec 17, 8:46 AM
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    Anyone know what is going on now? I had missed this thread and was appalled at the new Google Finance site when it started. I don’t need the portfolio feature but do want to be able to look at individual stocks with the related news and general background. So I gave site feedback to Google (not that I expected that to make much difference).

    But now the site seems to have gone back to its earlier version. Was this just a test or have they backed off for the moment?
    Last edited by Apodemus; 10-12-2017 at 8:51 AM.
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