Useful Links

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 $44.95, 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.
  • RoadLoans  – Competitive rates on financing for new and used cars (refinancing, too).

Banking

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

Education

  • 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.
  • Savingforcollege.com – Quarterly 529 plan reviews and other tips on saving for college.

Income Tax

  • IRS Website  – The IRS Website, information on forms, publications, and frequently asked questions.

Investments – Financial News & Quotes

  • Bloomberg - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
  • Fox Business News - Business news and stock quotes - saving and investing.
  • InvestorGuide - Comprehensive stock research tool.  “Tools” tab provides links to other sites.
  • MSN Money - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
  • Wall Street Journal – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes

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

  • 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

Mortages/Real Estate

  • Bankrate.com - Mortgage calculator and basic information
  • Eloan - Compare loans, quotes, calculators
  • HSH.com – Mortgage news, rate comparisons, and calculators
  • Realtor.com - Customized searches by city, mortgage information and tips.
  • Reverse.org   – Created by the nonprofit National Center for Home Equity, this site offers consumers and independent resource that allows for true comparison shopping of various reverse mortgage programs.  It also has a great deal of basic information and FAQs that everyone should ask but rarely does.

Retirement

  • Medicare - You resource for Medicare information
  • Social Security – Site to verify benefits and your earning history

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.