Edward Croft is CEO of Stockopedia, a UK-based website which aggregates research, commentary and analysis for investors, and offers social networking opportunities. The opinions expressed are his own.
In the U.S., online financial information and investing media has exploded in recent years. Where once there were just online replicas of offline newspaper/TV commentary and anonymous spam-ridden bulletin boards, there is now a proliferation of stimulating and diverse financial content written by both professional and amateur investors.
These include professional blog sites (like Naked Capitalism, Credit Writedowns and The Kirk Report), aggregator sites like SeekingAlpha (who handpick articles from the world's top market blogs and investment newsletters), expert investment communities like Covestor and Social Picks, crowd-sourcing sites like piqqem, to name just a few...
In sharp contrast, despite London's status as a financial hub, the online financial information and commentary scene in the United Kingdom still seems like a barren wasteland. To date, blogging has yet to become a big part of the UK investor scene.
Most private investor discussion seems to be taking place on bulletin boards which don't appear to have progressed much in terms of functionality in at least the last five years.