Details of the inaugural euromoney.com internet awards were made available through the homepage of euromoney.com three months before publication of the results. We listed the main categories – such as fixed income, equities and foreign exchange – in which we would be judging sites, along with the contact numbers and email addresses of our researchers. Companies that we expected to be major players in a number of categories were also contacted directly.
We reviewed almost 100 sites. For each site we were either given a demo or were provided with a password to view the site in our own time. End-users of the sites were also interviewed. Based on this research we dropped categories in which there were no credible sites and split other categories into a number of sub-categories such as fixed-income research and fixed-income bookbuilding.
We surveyed sites run by banks, sites run by non-banks and sites run by any type of consortium.
For the overall awards – Best wholesale internet bank and Best retail internet bank – we interviewed market analysts and our company’s own staff who had written about e-commerce during the year.