February 25, 2024

Useful 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.
  • 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).


  • 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.
  • 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 – Discount Brokers

  • Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.  –  Discount broker.
  • TD Ameritrade  – View account balances, market news, and other services offered by the discount broker.
  • Vanguard – One of the world’s largest investment companies with 30 million investors.

Investments – Financial News & Quotes

  • Bloomberg – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
  • CNN Financial News – Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
  • CNBC – Stock markets, business news, financials, earnings
  • 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

  • Investopedia – Financial education reference guide and resources
  • 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

Mortgages/Real Estate

  • Bankrate.com – Mortgage calculator and basic information
  • Eloan – Compare loans, quotes, calculators
  • HSH.com – Mortgage news, rate comparisons, and calculators
  • Realtor sites – Customized searches by city, mortgage information and glossary.


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

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