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Find trusted analysis of stocks, mutual funds, exchange traded funds and markets. The site includes tools for analyzing portfolios as well as an extensive investor education section.
A Chicago Public Library card is required to use this resource unless using a Chicago Public Library computer.
Unless otherwise noted, these resources are available on all Chicago Public Library computers or on non-Library computers with your Chicago Public Library card.
Access up-to-date information on investments as well as general investing advice from over 3,000 business and finance publications.
Encyclopedia of Business and Finance »
The Encyclopedia of Business and Finance provides brief introductions to topics such as bonds, currency exchange, derivatives, mutual funds, personal financial planning and stocks.
Industry Overviews »
Find overviews—including history, current conditions and leading firms—for over a thousand industries from The Encyclopedia of American Industries, The Encyclopedia of Emerging Industries and The Encyclopedia of Global Industries.
Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage »
Find stock, bond and fund ratings as well as in-depth company and industry information from several Standard & Poor’s publications.
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The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority provides a wealth of information for everyone from teens to seniors, including tips for saving for college and retirement. It also provides various financial calculators, as well as direct links to daily updated market data for stocks, bonds and mutual funds. In addition, investors may research the professional background of investment professionals and firms.
- Investopedia »
Investopedia offers information specifically designed for investing beginners and above. This website provides a dictionary containing investment terms, acronyms and buzzwords. It also features a variety of articles, along with tutorials designed for the different levels of investor knowledge.
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Kiplinger has long been a mainstay for independent advice and education in the areas of investment and personal finance. This website offers current news, quotes, charts, company financials, SEC filings, investment tutorials and more. Premium services require paid subscriptions.
- Market Watch »
An online product of Dow Jones, Market Watch offers commentary, TV and radio webcasts, and up-to-the-minute market data. Investment tools, such as a free portfolio tracker, are also available. Premium products are available for a fee. Big Charts is a companion service that offers free charts for stocks and market indexes.
- Yahoo! Finance »
Yahoo! Finance is one of the most popular investor destinations on the web. This site offers access to current financial news, a market summary, and current quotes and historical prices for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs, options and currency. In addition to an investor education center, it also offers investment tools such as portfolio tracking and stock screeners. Premium services require a fee.