Weiss Ratings Launches Watchdog Service with FREE Real-Time Alerts

JUPITER, Florida (April 14, 2011) — Real-time alerts on changes in financial strength ratings and investment ratings can now be delivered free from the Weiss Watchdog, a new monitoring service from Weiss Ratings, the nation’s leading independent provider of bank, credit union and insurance company financial strength ratings.   The service is based on Weiss Ratings coverage of more than 19,000 banks, credit unions and insurers and investment ratings on more than 25,000 stocks and mutual funds.

“Now more than ever, today’s economic uncertainty calls for independent, unbiased ratings that warn you ahead of time about the potential risks to your financial institutions, insurance companies and investments,” said Melissa Gannon, vice president of Weiss Ratings.  “Our service is designed to provide investors and consumers with financial protection but also identify potential opportunities, alerting them in real-time to any rating changes that could impact their decisions.”

The Weiss Watchdog monitors up to 25 ratings for Free for new users and unlimited monitoring of all companies and investments for existing customers, alerting consumers and investors in real-time with email alerts of any rating changes. 

Consumers who sign up for the service begin by creating a watchlist, selecting up to 25 banks, credit unions, insurers, stocks or mutual funds to monitor.  Subscribers will receive an email alert every time there is a change to one of the financial strength ratings on the companies under watch or the investment ratings from TheStreet.com that Weiss distributes. Consumers have the option to change the companies appearing on their watchlist, check Watchdog News, which provides summary updates on all companies, including those that a subscriber may not have selected to monitor.  To sign-up or learn more about financial protection, visit Weiss Watchdog.

About Weiss Ratings

Weiss Ratings, the nation’s leading independent provider of bank, credit union and insurance company financial strength ratings, accepts no payments for its ratings from rated institutions. It also distributes independent investment ratings on the shares of thousands of publicly traded companies, mutual funds, closed-end funds and ETFs.