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TOP INVESTING & PERSONAL FINANCE WEBSITES (excluding blogs)

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“Access to information is great; access to too much information is overwhelming!” Barb Friedberg 

I’ve been a long time subscriber to the Individual Investor Journal, a publication of the American Association of Individual Investors.

One of their best features is an in depth analysis and categorization of on-line investing related websites. Their older review of top websites inspired me to update this article and give you the best of the best investing sites.

 

 

This information is ideal for you and in line with my objectives to provide easily digestible personal finance information. Print this article out and keep it handy for comprehensive personal finance information. 

1. Comprehensive Personal Finance

Most of these sites include resources on banking, insurance, investing, savings, taxes, healthcare and financial planning. There is enough information on each of these sites to keep you occupied for hours! Check out the entire sites or pick and choose the most relevant parts. 

  •  MSN Money-Comprehensive site with a superb columnist Jim Jubak. The stock screener tool offers an easy to use metric for use in evaluating individual stocks.
  • CNN Money-This collaboration between Money Magazine and CNN has a wealth of money news and information. This site has more “news oriented” information.
  • Smart Money– The companion website to the magazine is loaded with resources. I clicked through from the personal finance tab to the bank notes section. What a wealth of bank related articles!
  • Yahoo Finance– I’ve had this one bookmarked as my home page for a long time. It’s great for a start to a basic stock analysis. Anything finance related is here.
  • Google Finance– I’ve since become a fan of Google Finance as well.
  • Morningstar-Morningstar is the gold standard for mutual funds with both a free and premium (for pay) service. I’ve subscribed to the premium service for years and use it to investigate both mutual funds and individual stocks. The portfolio x-ray is an awesome tool to drill down and see the overlap in your entire portfolio.
  • Bankrate– I’ve long favored this site for it’s great collection of calculators. But in addition to the calculators it is known for monitoring interest rates. More than that, there are numerous personal finance sections to the site as well.
  • GoBankingRates-This comprehensive money site has wonderful articles as well as rates and reviews of banks, loans, mortgages, and more. 

2. Exchange Traded Funds (ETF)

Growing in popularity, these hybrids of mutual funds and stocks offer access to a multitude of investment categories from vanilla index funds to exotic new investment combinations. 

  • ETF Database– Just had my first visit to this site. Clean organization with simple educational course and articles. Offers database and screening tool as well.
  • XTF.com-I don’t know if it’s my second cup of coffee or that this site is awesome. 🙂 Fascinating metrics, ratios, and comparisons for etfs. Add the commentary, and this is a unique site offering real value. First comment I came across was from an old investing contact, Lowell Herr with some practical comments!

3. Bonds

Bonds are tricky to research and might be considered a “dealer’s market.” There’s no go toresource for all bond listings. For newly issued Treasuries and savings bonds you can go to the source, TreasuryDirect. Most investment companies also have a “bond” department. 

  • FINRA Bond Market Data -The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has tons of investment related information. Their bond section provides detailed data about individual issues as well as the market in general.
  • Investing in Bonds – Created by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Associationcould just as easily be called everything you wanted to know about bonds but were afraid to ask. This resourse is suitable for novice and experienced investors alike.
  • Treasury Direct – Is the place to go for new government bond issues of all varieties, from TIPs to Savings Bonds. After purchase, they will even record and maintain bond proof of ownership. Dig out your old savings bonds and find out what they’re worth!

What are some of your favorite personal finance resources? 

 

 

 

    19 Comments

  1. I pretty much use every website under your comprehensive personal finance list. I like to check out stocktwits too and read the back and forth bickering by social media. It make investing somewhat entertaining!

    Dave @ Money In The 20s

    April 22, 2011

  2. Hi Dave, I’ll have to check out stockwits. Sounds like a fun read!

    Barb

    April 22, 2011

  3. Barb, good link on xtf.com, I’m having a little fun over there. The first link seems to be busted, it directs to some kind of mortgage bankrate site.

    101 Centavos

    April 22, 2011

  4. Nice list Barb! You may want to update the link on ETF Database, links to bankrate.

    My favorite is google finance and morningstar (you would’ve guessed that by now considering all my screenshots on investing topics are from these sites!)!

    MoneyCone

    April 22, 2011

  5. I use all of these sites very often! Thanks to the Internet, I am reading so much. What I find interesting is you start with an article on Yahoo Finance and it leads to multiple sites. This is true of many of the finance sites. I supplement this by reading (old fashioned printed paper)magazines too.

    krantcents

    April 22, 2011

  6. Thanks for the great list Barbara. I’m familiar with most of them, but you’ve introduced me to a couple of new ones now. Have a great weekend.

    AAAMPblog

    April 22, 2011

  7. Thanks for the list Barbara! I usually find myself reading in the sites you have shared for personal finance. Great finance information that I can easily understand. I’ve got to check XTF.com – haven’t been there.

    Jasmine

    April 22, 2011

  8. To all, I appreciate the weigh in on the sites and how you are using them. I’m also pleased that I was able to add a new one or two to your repertoire. Fixed the broken ETF link too!!! Krantcents, I like how you highlighted the way one will lead to more links on the topic!!

    Barb

    April 22, 2011

  9. One of my favorite sites is Kitco.com. It provides a great deal of information and commentary on precious metals investing especially gold. I first ran across this site in the early 2000’s shortly after the internet bubble burst. Through my reading, I was able to determine that silver was likely to go higher and purchased silver in 2005-2007 under $15 per ounce.

    optionsdude

    April 22, 2011

    • Hi Options-Thanks for recommending the site. Personal recommendations are great to separate the better sites from the others! I’ll have to check it out.

      Barb

      April 23, 2011

  10. Great list of finance websites.
    I used the website a lot but I have a hardcopy magazine subscription with Money magazine (which is the same as the CNN Money website). I subscribed with the hard copy as this was sold by my niece from one of her fund raising campaign.

    Just like you, I have bookmarked and subscribe on the finance websites and rss feeds as well.

    Spruce Up Your Finances

    April 23, 2011

  11. Hi Barb,

    Jasmine started to rave about XTF after forwarding me this article. In any case, great article. I personally would also consider adding SeekingAlpha. There’s a lot of useful nuggets there.

    Charles

    April 23, 2011

  12. Hi Charles, Yea, I was really excited to check this site out too! I agree-seeking alpha has wonderful info!

    Barb

    April 23, 2011

  13. Hi Barb,

    I am a big fan on Google Finance and Yahoo Finance. I use it almost exclusively when trading options. I use Options Express as my trading platform and found them to be good along with Think or Swim.

    Cheers,
    Joe

    Joe Edward

    April 23, 2011

  14. Hi Joe, Thanks for listing some of your favs for our more agressive readers who trade options! Personal referrals are always appreciated.

    Barb

    April 24, 2011

  15. For ETF investing don’t forget to visit the issuers sites for their “fact sheets”. (ie Vanguard or SPDR)

    Barb

    April 26, 2011

  16. Hi Mark, I love my subscrition to Morningstar and have home pages on each of my computers for Google and Yahoo finance! Great minds…..

    Barb

    April 27, 2011

  17. Thanks for sharing the links. I’ve had the opportunity to visit some on the list and they’re great. Thanks again!

    Andrew

    dallas primelending

    December 3, 2011

  18. One way to improve your finances is to refuse to pay full price for anything. Reconsider your brand loyalties, instead favoring products for which you have coupons. If you have found no difference in quality or performance between two different brand name items, buy the one you have the coupon for if that will result in the greatest savings!

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