There is a huge amount of financial information available nowadays: some good, some not so good, and some just plain awful. So where should you look for information? To make your search easy and painless, I’ve listed some of my personal favorites:
- Citibank Online (www.citibankonline.com). Comprehensive site. The “Planning” tab provides articles and calculators for buying a home, college planning, retirement, etc.
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (www.fdic.gov). Excellent consumer tips. You can check to see if your bank is insured or not.
College Loans/Financial Aid:
- The College Board (www.collegeboard.org). Provides information on how much college costs and how to maximize your chances for financial aid.
Credit Cards/Interest Rates:
- Bankrate (www.bankrate.com). Find best savings, loans, and mortgage rates around the country.
- EDGAR Online (www.edgar-online.com). Provides business, financial, and competitive information obtained from US SEC data.
- Market watch (www.marketwatch.com). Stock market quotes, business and financial news.
- Homefair (www.homefair.com). Everything you need to know about making a move and getting school reports and crime statistics. Many different financial calculators.
- HUD (www.hud.gov). Tips on determining what you can afford, getting a loan, etc. Great for first time homebuyers.
- Morningstar (www.morningstar.com). Offers investment information and screening tools for mutual and stock funds.
- Yahoo (www.finance.yahoo.com). News and opinions. Quantitative tools, market data.
- Realtor (www.realtor.com). Real estate listings and homes for sale.
- Zillow (www.zillow.com). Search homes for sale, home prices, home values, recently sold homes.
401(k) Help Center (www.401khelpcenter.com). Comprehensive information on all types of retirement plans.