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Useful Financial Links

•    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.     

•    FDIC site  – Check to see if your bank is FDIC insured or if it is in trouble.  

 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. – 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 – 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.

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