Make Better Investing Decisions Using YChart’s Robust Analytical Tools

July 31, 2011

3:00 pm

I am not a math person.  In fact, I avoid anything math-related, and this includes anything finance-related.  Yes, I like to know what is going on in the economy, but start talking about stocks, bonds, and investing at a granular level, and my eyes glaze over.

YCharts was basically made for people like me, as they make it very easy to understand how a company’s stock performs.  This Chicago- and NYC-based startup allows you to chart 70 metrics – revenue growth, market cap, dividend yield, etc. – for more than 5,000 stocks and compare companies on those metrics, too.

They just launched a really interesting analytical tool that no one else offers.  It’s called Total Returns, and it takes into account all of the returns on a stock, including reinvested dividends, so you have a more holistic view of what you are (or could be) making on any given stock.

Their team is drawn from former employees at Google, Wall Street Journal, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, Tribune and WallStreetView. I am pretty sure they know what they’re doing.

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Monika Jansen is a writer and editor who is happiest pounding out blog posts, newsletters, website content, and other materials. Follow her at: @monikacjansen

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