The Incisive Media Online Finance Awards, now in their seventh year, are designed to reward the progress financial groups bring to technology and information development and champion standards of excellence set by the online financial services industry.
This year's shortlisted sites are no exception to the rule, with fierce competition across all 13 categories, presenting the panel of judges with some tough decisions.
Categories on the shortlist include best business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) offerings in the wrap/fund supermarkets arena as well as in the investment, mortgage and life and pensions markets, while there are also awards for best protection, data and quotation, financial advice, spreadbetting and sharedealing offerings.
Sites are judged on a number of criteria, including overall technology, functionality and site tools, user support and service levels, the comprehensiveness of any product range, security levels, innovation, ease of use and appropriateness of the site for target market and commercial growth and development of the site over the past 12 months.
The Best B2B Wrap/Supermarket award is being contested by Fidelity FundsNetwork and Selestia while Artemis, Prudential, Threadneedle and TrustNet Adviser are shortlisted for Best B2B Investment Site. Shortlisted for Best B2B Data & Quotation Site are Assureweb, Prudential, The Exchange and Webline. The awards ceremony is due to be held on Thursday 30 November 2006 at Vinopolis, London SE1.
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