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.
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!
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?