In Brief: Nov. 6, 2000

HOMEBOUND Only a few sites, such as and have offered thorough comparison shopping for homeowner's insurance. But behemoths like are launching their versions early next year. If you're looking for purchasing tips and advice, log on to and The latter provides a record of complaints filed against individual insurers for most states.

TAXING CHOICES Last holiday season, funds like PBHG Midcap Value distributed more than 30% of the previous month's NAV (net asset value) in capital gains. Consider holding off your Christmas-fund shopping: most funds distribute...

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