If you know where to look, the Internet provides can
provide credit professionals with plenty of useful information about
their customers. Unfortunately, there is so much information on the
Internet that you could "surf" for hours without success
unless you know where to look. To shorten the search process, some
useful websites are listed below:
Patton Consulting http://www.pcmoney.com This
web site contains five years of financial statements, along with
analysis of fifteen key financial ratios for the last five years
and for the last five quarters for every company in the Standard
and Poors 500, and the Dow Jones sector stocks.
Asia Inc. Online http://www.asia-inc.com This
web site connects users to Asia Inc. Online, an interactive business
magazine containing business and financial news about Asia countries
and companies. The site contains a searchable database of articles.
Exchange Rate Converter http://www.olsen.ch This
site offers currency conversions on 164 foreign currencies.
Press Release Newswire http://www.prnewswire.com This
site contains news stories, as well as recent and archived press
releases from participating companies.
Carlson On Line Services http://www.fin-info.com This
site provides information about Canadian public companies for
companies listed on the Alberta, Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver
stock exchanges. It also contains recent press releases, as well
as links to the home pages of numerous Canadian public companies.
Bloomberg Personal http://www.bloomberg.com One
of the most useful features of this site is access through the
company directory search to information about over 10,000 U.S.
companies (as well as some Canadian companies) including a summary
of what each company does, stock quotes, SEC documents, and financial
National Fraud Information Center http://www.fraud.org This
site includes fraud watch daily reports and archived fraud information
UPS Package Tracking. http://www.ups.com This
site allows you to track the status of packages sent using UPS
and order proof of deliver on line.
FedEx Standard Tracking. http://www.fedex.com This
site allows visitors to track the status of any FedEx package
- even if the package is still in transit. Users can also order
POD on line.
The Internet is a tool, and like any other tool this
one can be misused. Credit managers should be certain that anyone
given access to the Internet be told what uses are permitted and
the activities that are not permitted.