Google ramps up personal finance offering

Google ramps up personal finance offering

Google's ambitions to move into the personal finance market have stepped up a gear with the launch in the US of Google Advisor, a site designed to help consumer quickly find relevant financial products from many providers and compare them side-by-side.

The search engine giant first began testing a mortgage comparison tool in 2009 and has added other financial products such as credit cards, CDs, current, and savings accounts.

Google Advisor rolls all of these disparate tools into a single Web page, providing a personal finance comparison tool where users can compare rates and fees from multiple providers according to their own pre-defined criteria.

The US launch follows Google's acquisition earlier this year of UK price comparison site BeatThatQuote for £37.7m.

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