Investing on theWeb Evaluating Investments on the InternetMike BuhmannReference LibrarianSkokie Public Library
The Good vs. theThe Good Bad Hundreds of sites to learn about investing & to research stocks & securities Easy to stay informed and to get advice Trading via online brokers is convenient and inexpensive Can keep track of most of your accounts on one site
The Good vs. theThe Bad Bad Information overload (just what do you pay attention to) Cheap trading can lead to a gambling mentality Investment sites are constantly changing, adding and removing key features, charging for information, etc. Security issues when trading or accessing accounts
All Purpose Investing SitesSites that coordinate many investment tools in one
Maintaining a Portfolio Track selected securities to review price changes, news, and more. Set up an account with login and password Enter purchase price for securities to easily check the value of your portfolio during the day Each site offers a variety of features. Try each one out to see which you like
Learning Guides for beginning & advanced investors Investopedia investopedia.com/university Contains tutorials on basic and advanced investment topics along with a glossary of investment terms WinningInvesting.com winninginvesting.com/basic_training.htm Offers advanced stock trading help along with an excellent collection of investment links
Calculators & WorksheetsInteractive tools forsound decisionsFoolish Calculatorsfool.com/calcs/calculators.htmA series of calculators to help in your decision making processcovering topics such as: college, retirement, bonds, autos and moreSmartMoney.comsmartmoney.com/tools/worksheets/Interactive worksheets to help you analyze different aspects of yourinvestments
Fun & Games Investing isnt a game, but theres no better way to learn how to use online investing tools. Test some strategies before putting them into play Can practice tactics like buying & selling options, selling short, etc. Smart Stocks smartstocks.com A realistic stock market simulation game that teaches trading without the risk. Virtual Stock Exchange vse.marketwatch.com Free online trading games from MarketWatch with public or private games with a cash balance you set. Investopedia simulator.investopedia.com Simulator that uses real data from the stock markets in order to reproduce the experience of using a real online brokerage account. Hollywood Stock Exchange hsx.com Buy shares of your favorite actors and their new movies. Watch their values rise or fall based on their success. Prices soar with a blockbuster and plummet with a bomb
Credit / DebtManagement Credit/Debt Management (from About.com) credit.about.com Website with detailed information on credit and debt Consolidated Credit Counseling Services consolidatedcredit.org A credit consolidation company that provides informative articles on debt
CDs & Money Markets mortgages,Find out the best rates for CDs, credit cards & other investment related products at: BankRate.com bankrate.com Money-Rates.com money-rates.com Annual CreditReports.com annualcreditreports.com Provides free credit reports from each of the three credit reporting agencies every twelve months
SecuritiesOnline Tools Stock & Security Quotes – Real Time & Historical – Commodity Prices Research: – Stock Screeners – Charting – Message Boards Online Brokers – Choosing – Example
Security QuotesHistorical Quotes BigCharts.com bigcharts.com Yahoo!finance finance.yahoo.comCommodity Prices Kitco kitco.com Provides current and historical quotes and charts for precious metals BarChart.com barchart.com Provides quotes for commodities in the futures section CMEGroup cmegroup.com CME stands for Chicago Mercantile Exchange and this site has detailed information on all types of commodities and futures.
Stock ResearchStock Scoutermoneycentral.msn.com/investor/StockRating/srsmain.aspType in a ticker symbol to get ratings on more than 5,000 publiclytraded companies on a 10-point scale.StockConsultant.com stockconsultant.comType in a ticker symbol and receive every bit of technical informationyou might want or need on that stock. Free for limited access to thisinformation.GuruFocus.com gurufocus.comCheck how the leading stock market gurus (like George Soros orWarren Buffet) are trading and learn about their trading style. Needto sign up and pay a fee to receive latest trades
Stock Screeners Useful for finding potential securities to invest in. Get lists of securities that meet specific criteria Google Finance Stock Screener google.com/finance/stockscreener Bing Finance Screener bing.com/finance/stockscreener StockCharts Predefined Scans stockcharts.com/def/servlet/SC.scan An at-a-glance page filled with technical, candlestick, and P&F Patterns.
Charting BigCharts bigcharts.com Draws complex and detailed charts ClearStation clearstation.etrade.com Contains detailed charting capabilities and a guide on how to use charts. StockCharts.com stockcharts.com Offers four free charts to help you filter out insignificant price moves or to create candlestick, bar, or line charts for any stock, index or mutual fund in their database.
Message Boards Message boards can often provide more information than the pros or the news media. Whether this information is accurate or not is determined by your willingness to follow up or participate. Good luck! Yahoo!Finance finance.yahoo.com Excellent message boards for individual stocks & mutual funds The Lion www.thelion.com Claims to be the worlds largest stock forum community site that offers access to all financial message and blogs, and news. Board Central boardcentral.com Enter companys ticker, click the GO button, and then read messages about that stock from all leading boards.
Mutual Funds Mutual Fund Education Alliance mfea.com Tutorials, guides, links and ratings of funds Morningstar.com www.morningstar.com The hallmark mutual fund rating guide. Provides basic ratings of stocks & mutual funds for free. With Skokie Library card you get complete access
Bonds InvestinginBonds.com investinginbonds.com Find information on individual corporate, municipal and treasury bonds along with general information on the bond market Treasury Direct treasurydirect.gov Get information on US Treasury securities including savings bonds and T-Bills
Investing BlogsA Blog is a website with regular entries and commentaryBlogs can be saved to a reader such as Bloglines.com to read laterStockBlogs.com stockblogs.com This directory allows you to cruise through dozens of investing blogs
Investment Podcasts thatA podcast is a sound or video broadcast can be played on your computer or an MP3 playerTwo sources that compile podcasts: iTunes apple.com/itunes Podcast Alley podcastalley.comInvestment related podcasts: The Disciplined Investor – Andrew Horowitz www.thedisciplinedinvestor.com/blog/category/podcasts Options Strategies for Investors www.optionseducation.org/seminars/podcasts.jsp Mad Money Machine – Paul Douglas Boyer madmoneymachine.com
Money Management ToolsSign up and manage multiple financialaccounts, develop a budget, pay bills andplan your financesCheck about.com for a review of these sitesfinancialsoft.about.com/od/morefinancialsoftware/tp/Online_Software_List.htm
Online Brokers A Quick Overview
Online BrokersRatings: SmartMoney smartmoney.com/brokers Contains annual broker survey listing the top full service and discount brokers Online Broker Review onlinebrokerrev.com An ex-broker reviews a number of online brokers rating them by a number of categories Consumer Search consumersearch.com Provides an overview of the rating sources for online brokersConsumer Information: Investing Online Resource Center investingonline.org Information on selecting a broker from the North American Securities Administrators Association
Library Databases Value added Investment resources subscribed to by the library Available in the library building or via the Internet with a library card
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Annual Reports Edgar (SEC Filings) www.sec.gov/edgar.shtml Get financial filings such as 10K and 10Q reports for public companies Annual Report Service annualreportservice.com View annual reports online for many major companies.Public Registers Annual Report Requires a login. Service (PRARS) www.prars.com Order selected annual reports to be delivered to your home
IPOsGamble on getting in on the ground floor of newer stock issues do your research at one of the sites listed below. You can find information about IPOs at many of the larger stock research sites such as MarketWatch, and Yahoo!Finance Yahoo!Finance IPOs biz.yahoo.com/ipo This site shows latest IPO events along with a history of best and worst performing IPOs. IPO Home ipohome.com Access basic information on this site for free. Youll find consolidated calendars, news, commentary and more.
wikinvestA Wiki is a collaborative website that allows anyone to edit, delete or modify content. It assumes a broad collective intelligence. wikinvest wikinvest.com An encyclopedia of investing topics that covers companies, and other investing ideas.
Learn & Develop a PlanFirst Things First How much money do you need for life goals (retirement, children’s college, etc.) How much risk are you willing to take Where should you put your money (stocks, mutual funds, bonds, CDs, money markets)
Miscellaneous Closed End Fund Center www.closed-endfunds.com Investment information on closed end funds Quantum Online www.quantumonline.com Investment guide on preferred stocks Forbes Best Investing Sites www.forbes.com/bow/b2c/section.jhtml?id=7 A guide to the best investing web sites broken down by category
All Purpose Investing SitesSites that offer a multitude oftools for investors such astutorials stock screenersarticles investing newsstock quotes chartingpersonalized and much moreportfolios