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Auto• Car Buying Tips – Free information on buying new and used cars, leasing and avoiding auto scams. • CarFax – See the history of the car you are considering (VIN required) • Edmund’s Publications – Consumer information experts. Easily run comparisons on new and used vehicles. • Fighting Chance – For $34.95, you receive complete pricing data on the vehicle you’re considering, plus its record in the market place, available cash incentives, negotiating tips, and access to a “live” purchasing coach. • Intellichoice OnLine Car Center – Automotive research and comparisons. • J.D. Power & Associates – Automotive marketing research. • Kelley Blue Book – New and Used vehicle pricing reports.
Banking• FDIC site – Check to see if your bank is FDIC insured or if it is in trouble.
Education• Finaid – A comprehensive site that covers all aspects of financial aid.• National Center for Education Statistics – Information on past three years of college/university costs.• Salliemae – Calculators for estimating college costs, savings needs, and student loan payments as well as a great deal of financial aid and scholarship information.
Income Tax• IRS Website – The IRS Website, information on forms, publications, and frequently asked questions.
Investments – Discount Brokers• Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. – Discount broker.• TD Ameritrade View account balances, market news, and other services offered by the discount broker.
Investments – Financial News & Quotes• Bloomberg – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.• CNN Financial News – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.• InvestorGuide – Comprehensive stock research tool. “Tools” tab provides links to other sites.• MSN Money – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.• Yahoo – Keep track of your overall portfolio and get detailed charts on your individual stocks and bonds.
Investments – Investor Education• Investorwords – This site is a database of more than 5,000 key investment terms, plus some 15,000 links related to words and concepts.• Motley Fool – Online calculators and information to help answer basic questions.• SEC Investor Education site – Online calculators, broker and/or advisor information, investor alerts, plus links to other government sites.
Investments – Mutual Funds• Mutual Fund Observer – Stay abreast of significant changes influencing the people behind the funds, and receive email alerts whenever a fund you own announces a key development.• IndexFunds.com – A resource on the use of index funds, or passive investing, versus conventional actively managed mutual funds.• Morningstar – This company is well-known for its mutual fund star rating system, and this site has many useful research and analysis tools.• Mutual Fund Education Alliance – A large source of mutual fund news and information, plus daily price info and one-, five- and ten-year annualized returns.
Investments – Publications• Forbes – Online edition of Forbes magazine.• Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine – Magazine plus calculators, investor education and more.• Smart Money – Smart Money
Mortages/Real Estate• Bankrate.com – Mortgage calculator and basic information• Eloan – Compare loans, quotes, calculators• Realtor sites – Customized searches by city, mortgage information and glossary.
Smart Spending• Consumer Reports Magazine – Informational articles and product recalls are free on this site (subscription required for full online version).• The Dollar Stretcher Tips – Free online newspaper full of tips, hints, stories and links for living better for less.