Google Finance, with Kinks

The search giant's beta site offers a slate of simple features—too simple, in some cases, and not sharp enough in others

The first full day of spring brings a fresh addition to Google's (GOOG) stable of sites: Google Finance. As you would expect from the master of powerful searching and minimal clutter, the front page of the beta version of the site, launched Mar. 21, is simple: a market table showing performance figures for a few indexes and a list of headlines.

All in all, investors can get more robust information and personal finance tools for free on Yahoo! Finance, which is the best aggregator of financial news and is developing original content and columns. The offerings that may set Google Finance apart are the blog search and discussion group features, but these may not be enough to make it a must-use site for the finance crowd.

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