I love your feedback, Seppia. I'm pretty sure you're largely responsible for my Italian following, so I very much value your input.
I did abbreviate a lot of the asset descriptions in the tools to save space. It's true that it makes it less intuitive for newcomers, but it also makes it a lot cleaner and less repetitive once you get the hang of it. I compensated a bit by making all of the asset acronyms clickable, so be sure to follow the link if you ever get confused.
Regarding your comments on the asset choices, it comes down to prioritizing certain features to meet the most important user needs. For reference, the #1 visited page on the site is the Portfolios
page and about half the traffic (and growing) is from outside the US. Following that quantifiable market feedback, quickly and accurately translating portfolio ideas between countries is a top priority of mine. I discovered a few months ago that my previous way of rolling in regional data as a pseudo-domestic asset was introducing some weird logical errors into portfolio translations, and the resulting setup you see now is all about standardizing things. Long story short, German, World, and Emerging stocks are all that's required to translate every portfolio idea on the site for German investors, and that same domestic/world/em paradigm is very easy to translate to any country. So I cut the overhead and strengthened my foundation.
That said, I do recognize that once you think beyond the ready-made portfolios a few more options in the calculators would be valuable additions for many people like yourself who want more asset choices. I know Canadians love US assets and Germans love European assets, so I'm looking at reintroducing some fixed regional (USA, EUR, JPN) options and I'm still studying pre-EU European bond ideas as well. Hopefully one day I'll also get Italy on the list. It's an ongoing process, so be sure to continue checking in.