I have to admit that I wasn't prepared for the amount of email I received after
asking you to tell me about your favorite financial sites.
I haven't even finished combing through all your responses. But here's a list of some of the early favorites. I will run the complete list -- which now seems a yard long -- in tomorrow's column.
TheStreet.com: See for yourself.
Yahoo Finance: Considered by some to be the best all-in-one finance center.
ClearStation: Loved for its charting and tracking tools and its technical analysis. (ClearStation's analysis is used in TheStreet.com's Go Figure column.)
Microsoft's MoneyCentral Investor: Lauded for tools like its portfolio tracker and Research Wizard, a stock research tool that answers key questions on any company.
Bloomberg: Used for its up-to-the-minute news.
Wall Street City: Cited for its screens of moving stocks.
Big Charts: The name says it all.
Silicon Investor: Considered by some to be the only place for a stock chat.
CBS MarketWatch: Praised for its free news.
Here are a few of my own favorites.
NASD Public Disclosure
I never get too enthusiastic about investor tutorials and inevitably wind up feeling like I am trapped at an insurance seminar at a
. But the site for
Individual Investor Services from the
National Association of Securities Dealers
delivers more than the usual training materials. The NASD's Online Public Disclosure Program allows investors to check out their brokers and brokerage firms.
You can retrieve
basic administrative data on your broker, such as work history and licensing. The site also will indicate whether there is "disclosure information" about your broker, such as a complaint or disciplinary action or a bankruptcy. However, you will have to email the NASD to retrieve any specific information.
Financial Planner Board
I also like the
Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards site. No, I haven't lost my lid. From the title, this site sounds as exciting as an orthopedists' chat room. But here you can check whether a CFP is licensed and the status of the license. An invaluable tool, if you ask me.
I often use the
American Stock Exchange site to look up product information on
Standard & Poor's Depositary Receipts
and other investment products that trade on the exchange.
ICI Fund Information
Investment Company Institute site offers some useful educational information. Under "Investor Awareness Materials," you will find downloadable guides to mutual funds, closed-end funds, unit investment trusts and bond funds. (You will need
Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them.) This section also has a list of links to other sites on the Internet.
tax columnist Tracy Byrnes frequently uses the
Internal Revenue Service
site. It has news, publications, forms and almost anything else you would want or need to know about your taxes.
Lists of Financial Sites
For lists of other financial sites, try the directory at
Send your questions to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your full name.
TSC Fund Forum aims to provide general fund information. Under no circumstances does the information in this column represent a recommendation to buy or sell funds or other securities.