Business & Career Library

Business Resources: Financial Investment Ratings

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Banks

Many rating services charge fees. However, the Business Library subscribes to several of them (TheStreet.com and Highline), and library customers are welcome to examine them in person or call us (718.623.7000) to read brief information over the phone. Of these three services, TheStreet.com is the easiest for the layperson to comprehend. In addition, Bankrate.com provides free online access to its Safe & Sound ratings for banks and savings and loans, and BauerFinancial also covers credit unions and banks.

Credit Unions

Bankrate.com's Safe & Sound ratings cover credit unions as well as banks and savings and loans, and BauerFinancial also covers credit unions and banks.

Annuities

Because annuities are issued by insurance companies, library customers need to look for ratings for the insurance companies. We have TheStreet.comand Best's, and customers are welcome to examine them in person or call us (718.623.7000) to read brief information over the phone.

Brokerages

We know of no ratings services for brokerage firms. The best strategy is to search a business periodical database such as EBSCO's Business Source Premier for articles analyzing the broker's performance. BSP includes some analyst reports such as those from Datamonitor, and these provide quite a bit of detail.