Barron's Names FT.com the Internet's Best Site for Global Investors and Declares 'A Global Perspective Never Was More Needed'
NEW YORK, October 23, 2001 ' FT.com, the Financial Times web site, was rated the best place on the Internet for news on global markets by Barrons, the Dow Jones-owned newsweekly. The accolade was part of a Barron's cover article naming 'The Internet's Top 15 Sites for Investors.'
Barron's said FT.com's international perspective is especially important in light of recent world events. 'A global perspective was never more needed' Americans can go there in the evening to see where the foreign markets are headed, and return in the morning to see where they landed. (And) there's lots more to be found'
The Barron's award is the latest in a series of accolades won by FT.com and its team of journalists. In 2001, FT.com garnered two prestigious EPpy awards from Editor & Publisher and it was also named the best business-consumer site by New Media Age.
Robert Thomson, US Managing Editor of the Financial Times said: 'FT.com provides global context and comprehensive markets coverage that is crucial for US investors wanting to make more of their money. This award is testimony to the great work of FT.com journalists around the world.'
Patrick Brennan, VP in charge of FT.com in the US, said the Barron's award is gratifying for a number of reasons: 'It's particularly good to be recognized by our peers, and by the growing number of FT.com users. This award confirms that we are filling a vital need for international business news and perspective. Our loyal and growing user base, which now numbers more than two-and-a-half million, has voted us one of the world's best web sites. This increasingly complex world is indeed moving in our direction.'
About FT.com and the FT Group
FT.com is the world's leading global business Web site and is the online partner of the Financial Times. Combining the values and expertise of the Financial Times newspaper with the immediacy and interactivity of the Internet, FT.com provides a global perspective of business, finance, politics and economics, as well as lifestyle and the arts. FT.com also offers a wealth of financial data, unique dossiers on key business people and a range of tools to search the Internet and manage a busy work-day.
FT.com is part of the Financial Times Group, one of the world's leading business information companies, which aims to provide a broad range of information and services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people. Apart from the Financial Times newspaper, which has one of the world's fastest growing international readerships, the FT Group also includes France's leading business news publication, Les Echos, as well as Spain's leading business source, Expansion. In 2000, the FT Group launched a German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service. The FT Group is a substantial stakeholder in CBSMarketwatch.com, with which it operates FTMarketWatch.com, its European counterpart. The FT Group also holds stakes in a number of joint ventures, including FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange, Vedomosti, Russia's leading business newspaper, and a 50% stake in The Economist, the world's leading weekly business and current affairs journal. The FT Group is part of Pearson PLC (FTSE: PSON) (NYSE: PSO), an international media company with market-leading positions in strategic business information, education, consumer publishing and international television production.
Gregory Roth, Financial Times