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Links to federal, state, and local government sites may be found on the Government Links page of this resource guide.
Financial Literacy/Business Education Websites
The sites below will provide information to help you handle your personal finances.
360 Degrees of Financial Literacy
The American Institute of CPAs publishes this website "to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life." (Quote is from the website itself)
Choose to Save
Developed by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, this financial-education website has:
1) Information on how to prepare for retirement, manage your debts, effectively budget, talk with your kids about money, and more.
2) Various Calculators
3) Links to Other Resources and Savings Tips.
4) And More.
Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy
"Jump$tart is a national coalition of organizations dedicated to improving the financial literacy of pre-kindergarten through college-age youth by providing advocacy, research, standards and educational resources. Jump$tart strives to prepare youth for life-long successful financial decision-making." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Money 101 of CNNMoney
Lessons on a variety of topics, such as setting financial priorities, making a budget, banking and saving, investing, buying a home and a car, hiring financial help, insurance, and taxes.
Options Industry Council (OIC)
OIC "was created as an industry cooperative to provide education about the benefits and risks of exchange-listed equity options." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Federal Government Websites for Financial Literacy & Investment Education
These links are also on the "Govt Links" page of the Finance Resource Guide and the "Government Links" page of the Business Administration Resource Guide.
Banking-related websites are below.
"Provides free rate information to consumers on more than 300 financial products, including mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees." (Quote is from the website itself.)
International Term Deposit Rates Exchange
"Showcases and compares the leading banking and financial institutions interest bearing products including both fixed interest deposit and floating savings rates. We provide data and comparisons on various types of fixed income products by country including but not limited to term deposits, fixed deposits, time deposits and certificate of deposit." (Quote is from the website itself.)
The websites below provide information about bankruptcy.
The site below is one source for finance-related calculators.
The sites below provide helpful information to consumers about insurance.
Insurance Information Institute
As its website states, its mission is to improve public understanding of insurance including what it does and how it works.
Information for the consumer on life, car, health, home, and other insurance.
Property-Casualty Insurance Basics
This PDF posted on the American Insurance Association's website "provides a plain-English primer on how insurance works and how it benefits society and the economy." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Evaluation of Internet Sites
Remember to evaluate the information you find when searching the Internet. Not all Internet sites are trustworthy or appropriate to use as research sources. If you have any concerns about the credibility of an Internet site, consult your instructor or a librarian for evaluation assistance.
Investment Education Internet Sites
These internet sites can help you learn about investing.
Depositary Receipts Basics
Learn about depositary receipts at this Bank of New York Mellon website.
You can learn about ETFs in the "Education" section of the website and through the links at the bottom of the site under the heading "Be Sure to Visit." This site was developed by Global Trends Investments.
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Information is provided on:
1) Getting started with investing.
2) Different types of investments: stocks, bonds, CDs, mutual funds, etc.
3) Advanced investment topics.
4) The process of saving for college and for retirement.
More information is available by clicking on the tabs near the top for "Protect Yourself" and "Market Data" and on the "Tools & Calculators" link in the blue banner near the top.
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) developed this site about investing in bonds.
This site contains lots of helpful information. Take a look at the various sections: Dictionary, Investing, Markets, etc. There is even a section of tutorials.
The Alliance for Investor Education publishes this website. This alliance is advised by federal agencies and an association of state regulators.
Articles on stocks, portfolio management (including bonds and futures), mutual funds, options, investing, finding an advisor, Forex, and government & economics.
MarketWatch's Getting Started Guide
This site guides "you through the basics of investing in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, exchange-traded funds and into ... options, futures and other sophisticated instruments." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Helpful information is in the "How to Invest," "Investing Commentary," and "Retirement" sections.
Yahoo! Finance's Education Center
Educational information on investing and on personal finance. Dictionaries are included.
Using this sitemap of Moneychimp is a good way to navigate the website of this online financial education resource.
Federal Government Websites for Investment Education
See three of the links here:
2) Education Center of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
3) TreasuryDirect for Kids.
The websites below provide information and data needed when you are making investments.
Website of the "Barron's" weekly publication at which you can access some of the contents of the current issue.
Check out the resources available via the drop-down menus of "Daily," "Investing Ideas," "Top Advisors," "Market Data," and "Penta." (The Penta section is for the very wealthy folks with at least $5 million of assets.)
Big Charts from MarketWatch
Contains current stock market data and company information. This site is known for its charts.
Bloomberg.com's Market Section
Hover over the "Markets" link at the top to get links for all the resources contained here on stocks, currencies, commodities, rates & bonds, ETFs, mutual funds, and more.
BondsOnline: Income Investor Tools
"From tracking bond prices and bond market news, to searching for preferred stocks and convertible preferred stocks, to self directed education, active personal advice and bond trading, BondsOnline is your source for fixed income investing." (Quote is from the website itself.)
CNNMoney's Markets Section
This site opens to a markets overview and investing news. Click on the links in the gray banner near the top for more information and data on stocks, market movers, bonds, currencies, etc.
Information about, and data on, municipal bonds.
Stock Research Center of Yahoo! Finance
Includes data on mutual funds, bonds, and options.
A "source for free futures and commodity prices / quotes and charts, and other market information, including futures and commodity news. TradingCharts tracks many commodities and financial indicators, making the information available in the form of free commodity charts and intraday commodity quotes." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Resource for financial data, public company profiles, industry profiles, current & historical stock quotes, investment news & other information, and much more. You can set up a portfolio to track your investments.
"Your Money Guides" of The New York Times
Below are webpages of "New York Times" articles and videos on finance-related topics.
This link is for the broad topic of investments, but you can click on links for the subtopics of Mutual Funds/E.T.F.'s, Stocks & Bonds, Asset Allocation, or Brokerages & Banks.
This link is for the broad topic of loans, but you can click on links for the subtopics of Mortgages, Home Equity Loans, Loan Modifications, Auto Loans, and Student Loans.
This link is for the broad topic of planning, but you can click on links for the subtopics of Taxes, Financial Planners, Budgeting, Paying for College, or Estate Planning.
This link is for the broad topic of retirement, but you can click on links for the subtopics of 401(k)'s, 403(b)'s, & Similar Plans; I.R.A.'s; or Annuities.
This link is for the broad topic of credit, but you can click on links for the subtopics of Credit & Debit Cards, Credit Scores, and Identity Theft.
This link is for the broad topic of insurance, but you can click on links for the subtopics of Health Insurance, Auto Insurance, Home Insurance, or Life and Disability Insurance.
International Organizations and Information
Below are the websites of international finance-related organizations as well as two websites (globalEDGE and Globalization 101) that provide information about international business.
Bank for International Settlements
Its mission "is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Financial Stability Board (FSB)
"The FSB has been established to coordinate at the international level the work of national financial authorities and international standard setting bodies and to develop and promote the implementation of effective regulatory, supervisory and other financial sector policies. It brings together national authorities responsible for financial stability in significant international financial centres, international financial institutions, sector-specific international groupings of regulators and supervisors, and committees of central bank experts." (Quote is from the website itself.)
This website of the International Business Center (IBC) at Michigan State University helps you learn about international business with:
1) Resources on trade blocs, countries, and industries.
2) Online course modules and export tutorials.
3) Tools, data, and much more.
Among the issues covered here are trade, investment, and the IMF and World Bank.
Website is maintained by the Levin Institute, a graduate institute of international relations associated with the State University of New York.
Institute of International Finance
While you have to be associated with a member organization to have access to all the information of this website, you can read press releases and download reports, such as the 2014 one entitled "Lebanon: Improved Security Key to Growth Revival."
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
"ICC provides a forum for businesses and other organizations to examine and better comprehend the nature and significance of the major shifts taking place in the world economy." (Quote is from the website itself.)
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
"The IMF works to foster global growth and economic stability. It provides policy advice and financing to members in economic difficulties and also works with developing nations to help them achieve macroeconomic stability and reduce poverty." (Quote is from the website itself.)
Below are some sources for finding out the meaning of a finance-related term.
WebFinance's BusinessDictionary.com website has definitions for more than 25,000 definitions.
You can enter a term in the search box or click on the Browse-by-Subject link at the bottom of the page.
Some of the finance-related subject links of terms and definitions are below.