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  • Investing for Dummies

    Investing for Dummies

    Tyson, Eric (Eric Kevin),
  • The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

    The Elements of Investing: Easy Lessons for Every Investor

    Malkiel, Burton Gordon.
  • Investing
    • Basics
      • General Sites
        • Alliance For Investor Education's "one-stop information shopping" site brings together 16 key links into a single Web page. The list shows investors where to check out financial professionals, how to report investment fraud, the best help for dealing with other major problems - including broker bankruptcies, identity theft and 401(k) claims - and filing arbitration and mediation claims.

        • Site offering links to articles, news, and recommended web sites on investing topics. Site is from the Alliance for Investor Education, with members such as American Association of Individual Investors, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc., CFA Institute, Employee Benefit Research Institute's ® Education and Research Fund, and other leading financial organizations and agencies.

        • Free registration required. The American Association of Individual Investors, a nonprofit independent organization, presents articles and lessons to become a better investor, focusing on investing basics, personal finance, and the fundamentals of asset allocation.
        • Information and instruction about day trading: including charts, trading strategies, day-trading software and platforms, and a glossary. is an brand.

        • Extensive information and educational content for learning to invest in stocks, bonds, mutual funds; real estate and more. is an brand.

        • In addition to definitions, offers over 60 tutorials ranging from beginners to advanced on basics of investing, investment analysis and trading techniques, retirement planning. Investopedia is a Forbes company.

        • Quirky but informative site offering helpful explanations of basics of investing, finance, stocks, financial statements, economics. Also includes a glossary, a list of suggested books, a selection of calculators.
        • Popular and irreverent investment site offers "13 Steps to Investing Foolishly", how to select a broker, and personal finance topics such as saving & spending, credit & debt, home & real estate. Viewing all of content may require free registration.
        • Microsoft and Money Magazine team up to offer a large number of articles explaining the basics of investing money.
      • Government & Regulatory Sites
    • Bonds
      • Covers basics of government, agency, corporate and municipal bonds; bond funds; derivatives and exotics. Includes how to buy, investing strategies, working in the bond trade, and a glossary. is an brand.

      • Useful educational content and tools about bonds from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
      • Provides articles explaining the different types of bonds, the tax differences among types of bonds, help with understanding bond research to make informed decisions, etc.
      • Database offered by the library and accessible outside the library to those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card or e-card, includes corporate bond reports, corporate bond screener, brief "Credit Week Focus".

      • Federal government site to buy treasuries, savings bonds; also accessible as
      • Financial portal offers tools for looking up individual bonds, finding rates, screening bonds, and educational content.

    • Commodities, Options & Futures
      • Created by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.  On one page it offers several choices for checking on financial professionals: one for those trading in futures, options, and foreign currency; a link to FINRA's BrokerCheck; links for checking insurance professionals and investment advisers, and others.  Also links to informational resources.

      • Group combines the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade, New York Mercantile Exchange, COMEX. It owns and operates large derivatives and futures exchanges plus online trading platforms. In addition, it owns the Dow Jones stock and financial indexes. Its exchanges trade futures and options based on interest rates, equity indexes, foreign exchange, energy, agricultural commodities, rare and precious metals, weather and real estate.

      • Offers information and instruction on how to invest in and research different kinds of commodities, futures and options.  thebalance is an brand.

      • Authoritative source for commodity information. Limited, current information available free; publications and in-depth online services require subscriptions.
      • IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE: ICE) operates leading regulated exchanges, trading platforms and clearing houses serving global markets for agricultural, credit, currency, emissions, energy and equity index markets in over 50 countries.
      • Provides quotes, news, articles. Also links to educational content from the Options Industry Council.

      • National Futures Association (NFA) is the industrywide, self-regulatory organization for the U.S. futures industry. Site includes informational publications, online learning, tools for checking up on brokers and filing a complaint, investor alerts & fraud advisories.

      • The Options Industry Council (OIC) was created to educate investors and their financial advisors about the benefits and risks of exchange-traded equity options. Site is sponsored by the various options exchanges. Site offers basic and advanced instruction, calculators, quotes.

      • Independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. Includes consumer protection/education section, industry filings, laws & regulations, research reports, etc.

    • Market & Economics Data, Indexes
      • General Sites
        • Provider of price quotes, charts, and technical analysis for commodities, futures, stocks, options, forex, and ETF markets. Free registration offers access to more information and services.

        • BigCharts, part of the MarketWatch and the Wall Street Journal Digital Network, offers free interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary.
        • Free, real-time streaming tickers and stock charts. Includes ability to track individual portfolio.
        • FTSE (Financial Times Stock Exchange) and Russell Investments now combined.  Provide a selection of indexes used to measure market performance: best known ones include the FTSE 100 for large cap stocks on the London Stock Exchange and the Russell 2000 for small cap stocks. Selection of data provided free on this site; with more available by subscription.

        • Moody's ratings of creditworthiness for corporate, government and structured finance securities. Available free with registration.

        • Formerly know as FreeLunch from Moody's, a leading independent provider of economic, financial, country, and industry research.  Provides data and reports on economic and financial market indicators: part of the content is available free, part is only for subscribers or individual purchase

        • MSCI is a leading provider of indices, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and governance tools for investors and asset managers. Best known index is the EAFE for international stocks. Site includes free data on their indices and offers access to selected research reports.

        • Site offers quotes, charts, market activity, indices, news. Also has sections with how-to information on investing and personal finance.

        • NYSE Euronext is a holding company combining ownership of the New York Stock Exchange, American Stock Exchange, Euronext, and other exchanges and trading platforms. Site offers extensive listings, news, charts, and data for stocks, bonds, options, futures, closed end funds, etc. that trade on their exchanges. Also searchable by industry. Also provides information on regulations and practices of the exchanges.

        • Basic data available for free--with some requiring registration. More extensive information requires subscription. The McGraw-Hill Companies and CME Group combined their services in July 2012 to launch S&P Dow Jones Indices to host a variety of indexes including the Standard & Poor's 500 of large U.S. stocks and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

        • Standard & Poor's ratings of creditworthiness of companies, financial institutions, insurance companies, government, and utilities. Free ratings and reports with registration.

        • Includes free access to stock charts and instruction about using stock charts in technical analysis of stocks. Paid subscriptions provide access to more information.
        • Best known for Wilshire 5000 representing the total U.S. stock market. Offers data on variety of their indexes plus interesting index return calculator.

      • Government & Regulatory Sites
      • Library Databases
        • Database offered by the library and accessible outside the library to those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card, includes Companies section (offering stock and company profiles and data, market reports, and S&P indexes) and Industries section (offering industry surveys and reviews, economics trends and outlook, economic calendar of forthcoming announcements).

    • Mutual Funds & ETFs

      ETF stands for Exchange Traded Funds.

      • Information from the nonprofit trade association for closed end funds, a category of funds that are different from most mutual funds.

      • Articles and tools for mutual funds from publishers of the For Dummies books.

      • Offers large database for Exchange Traded Funds, with tools for screening and analyzing them. Also articles and news. Most services free; some require registration.
      • Offers news, columns, research and features about index-based investing and trading in exchange-traded funds. It also offers tools and data to assess markets and investment products, and commentary to help investors and advisers find the right products for them.

      • Covers Exchange Traded Funds (ETF) basics, the types of ETFs, benefits and risks of ETfs, how to buy ETFs, and ETF investing strategies. is an brand.

      • Organization representing mutual fund companies. Site emphasizes reports on the mutual fund industry but also offers educational content for investors along with a directory of the mutual fund industry.

      • Ratings and screening of mutual funds using graphic presentation to make information quciker and easier to understand.
      • A significant portal for many types of investing, but best known for coverage, analysis, and education about mutual funds. Some limited services available for free, but full services require payment or using the library's Morningstar subscription database in the Central Library.

      • Financial portal site tool for finding and screening funds.

      • Site from the Mutual Fund Education Alliance, a national trade association of mutual fund companies. Includes selection tools for funds and for fund companies, portfolio tracking tools, articles and information about investing.

      • Informative site covering mutual fund basics, fees, how to buy, comparing types of funds, taxes on funds, managing your portfolio, analyzing a fund. Also offers a glossary. is an brand.

      • News, listings, educational articles, and tools for finding and screening Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) from the NASDAQ, the exchange where ETFs are bought and sold.

      • Database offered by the library and accessible outside the library to those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card, includes fund rankings, commentary, screening, and reports.

      • U.S. News & World Report site offers rankings and comments compiled from multiple rating services for over 4,500 mutual funds.

      • Site reproduces brochure that explains the basics of mutual fund and ETF investing — how the funds work, what factors to consider before investing, and how to avoid common pitfalls

      • Financial portal site offers screening and selection tools, news and commentary, and educational information about ETFs.
      • Financial portal offers mutual fund center with tools for screening, selecting, and monitoring funds, educational information on fund basics, etc.
    • Real Estate
      • Information about buying & selling a home, including foreclosures, short sales, offers & negotiations, financing advice, finding a lender, real estate agents, home inspections, investment properties, market facts & trends. is an brand.

      • NAREIT®, the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts®, is the worldwide representative voice for REITs and publicly traded real estate companies with an interest in U.S. real estate and capital markets. NAREIT's members are REITs and other businesses throughout the world that own, operate, and finance income-producing real estate, as well as those firms and individuals who advise, study, and service those businesses. Offers how-to guides, glossary, and directories for REITS.
      • Legal and how-to information for landlords, renters, homeowners, and house buyers.
      • Information for realtors, real estate agents, and real estate investors. is an brand.

    • Stocks
      • Database offered by the library and accessible outside the library to those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card, includes investment reports and financial data on companies as well as industry overviews, rankings, and selected market share information. Database also offers access to many articles from newspapers, magazines, and journals.

      • Database offered by the library and accessible outside the library to those with a currently valid Los Angeles Public Library card, includes stock reports, stock ratings, industry surveys, market news and outlook, and how to analyze stocks (in the financial education section).

      • Commercial service provide enhanced navigation to reports and filings in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) EDGAR® database and Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) SEDAR® database service. Free with registration.
      • Introduction to stocks investing, selection, and trading. is an brand.

      • All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through the U.S. SEC's EDGAR Database of Online Corporate Financial Information. Anyone can access and download this information for free.
      • Financial portal offers information on earnings, research, reports. Also offers historical stock quotes, stock screening.

      • Government Sites
        • Formed by the Merger of Dept. of Financial Institutions and Dept. of Corporations in July 2013, the Department of Business Oversight (DBO) provides protection to consumers and services to businesses engaged in financial transactions. The Department regulates a variety of financial services, products and professionals. The Department oversees the operations of state-licensed financial institutions, including banks, credit unions, money transmitters, issuers of payment instruments and travelers checks, and premium finance companies. Additionally, the Department licenses and regulates a variety of financial businesses, including securities brokers and dealers, investment advisers, deferred deposit transactions(commonly known as payday loans) and certain fiduciaries and lenders. The Department also regulates the offer and sale of securities, franchises and off-exchange commodities.

        • SIPC helps individuals whose money, stocks and other securities are stolen by a broker or put at risk when a brokerage fails for other reasons.

      • Industry/Trade/Professional Associations Sites
        • FINRA is the largest independent regulator for all securities firms doing business in the United States, overseeing brokerage firms and registered securities representatives. Their role is to protect investors by maintaining the fairness of the U.S. capital markets.
        • NASDAQ is a computerized system that facilitates trading and provides price quotations on more than 5,000 of the more actively traded over the counter stocks. Created in 1971, the Nasdaq was the world's first electronic stock market. Web site offers extensive data, news, reports, and investing how-to information.

        • The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is based in New York City and is considered the largest equities-based exchange in the world based on total market capitalization of its listed securities. The parent company now also includes the Archipelago electronic exchange and Euronext, the European exchange. Web site offers news, data, reports, directories of company listings, and assistance for investor complaints and inquiries.
        • North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) is a voluntary association whose membership consists of 67 state, provincial, and territorial securities administrators throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Their fundamental mission is protecting consumers who purchase securities or investment advice, and their jurisdiction extends to a wide variety of issuers and intermediaries who offer and sell securities to the public. Site offers investor education and regulatory resources.


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