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50 Top Financial Sites


50 Top Financial Sites
Site URL Topic Site Description What the site Offers What you may not know about the site Third-party referenced at (if private site) or government site Referenced by (if private site) or Sponsored by (if governmental organization)
www.mint.com Budgeting Mint is a useful utility that allows you to bring many of your finances together in one useful site. Mint provides users an average of $1,000 in savings opportunities during their first session. Click on mint.edu to be taken to some good educational links, including a Money 101 section. http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1809858_1809955_1811440,00.html Time (50 Best websites 2008)
www.finance.cch.com/sohoApplets/BusinessValuation.asp Business Valuation This site provides links to many business calculators, including one that allows you to estimate the net present value of your business. These calculators are the best customizable java calculators on the web, period. You can find numerous other calculators by clicking through the links near the top of the page. http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/080717/aqth097.html?.v=51 Yahoo Finance
http://www.pricegrabber.com Purchasing Online Price grabber allows you to complete the ultimate comparison shopping for most products. Pricegrabber.com provides comparison shopping information to around 26 million consumers each month. Gain access to millions of products at thousands of retailers. Click on 'Reviews and Ratings' right below the search bar in order to read product reviews and see ratings by customers. http://money.cnn.com/pf/ CNN Money
www.consumersearch.com Consumer Goods Research Find free reports on nearly every available product you could ever dream of purchasing. Consumersearch has been featured for excellence in USA Today, the Scout Report, Red Herring, Wall Street Journal, and Yahoo! Internet Life. Consumer Search allows you to easily subscribe to its free newsletter. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB118082285867022796-search.html?KEYWORDS=consumersearch&COLLECTION=wsjie/6month Wall Street Journal
http://www.usa.gov/ Government This is the portal to all US government sites and is a great place to begin your search for information. USA government is the portal to all governmental sites. They promise that "Whatever you want or need from the U.S. Government, it's here on USA.gov." Click on the 'Get it done online' to be taken to a wide information net of government services online. Find everything from a web-based home energy saver tool to a GPA calculator to Real Estate Sales by the government. This truly is an incredible resource. Also look at the 'What's FREE this Month?' link. Governmental Site US General Services Administration
www.privacyrights.org Consumer Privacy Find links to many of the entities that maintain databases with your personal information. Learn how to manage this information. Beth Givans, founder and director of the site, has been interviewed as a privacy rights expert on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Good Morning America, 48 Hours, 60 Minutes, NPR Morning Edition, NPR Talk of the Nation, Marketplace, and all major U.S. newspapers. Privacy Rights also provides access to a free privacy hotline to report privacy rights abuses. The hotline number is (619) 298-3396. http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20060801-9999-1b1givens.html The Union-Tribune (San Diego)
www.zillow.com Real Estate Appraisal An amazing real-estate valuation tool. The Zillow founders also created Expedia.com, the most successful travel site on the web. Of the millions of web pages available on the internet, Zillow has a traffic rank of 1495. Click on the 'Mortgage' section of the site to access 'Mortgage calculators' and to get anonymous quotes from lenders. The 'Real Estate Guide' provides a wealth of content to those just learning the ropes of real estate. http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/2006-02-19-zillow_x.htm USA Today
www.powerpay.org Accelerated Debt Reduction Allows users to create a personalized accelerated debt reduction plan. See how much more quickly you can get out of debt using this simple strategy. PowerPay was created through the cooperation of Utah State University and the USU Charter Credit Union. Visit the 'Inexpensive Gift Ideas' section of the website to find information on everything from budgeting to inexpensive gift ideas to estate planning basics. http://www.personalfinancefoundation.org/resources/best-resources.html Personal Finance Employee Education Forum.
http://www.glassdoor.com/index.htm Employment Glassdoor.com allows you to look up ratings, reviews, and salaries for many companies. See how you stack up against your co-workers. The Glassdoor.com founder also founded both Expedia.com and Zillow.com. Glassdoor.com is the only site that provides a complete, real-time, inside look at what it's really like to work at a company — ratings, reviews, confidence in senior leadership, and salaries — for free. You can see ratings for the CEOs of various companies. The database already includes ratings on more than 11,000 companies. http://www.usnews.com/articles/business/careers/2008/06/19/using-what-you-know-about-coworkers-pay.html/ US News and World Report
http://www.investmentnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?category=STOCKLOOKUP Investment Research A very impressive stock research tool that allows easy access to a host of information about virtually any stock. Crain Communications, publisher of Investment News, is one of the largest privately-owned business publishers in the United States with over 30 leading business, trade and consumer publications worldwide. Find a great list of financial links underneath 'Tools and Resources.' Find free news by topic underneath 'News and Opinion.' http://www.aicpa.org/download/news/2008/Online_Tax_Season_Assistance.pdf AICPA
www.edmunds.com Automobile Purchasing Edmunds.com is a great place to begin research before you purchase any auto, whether new or used. Edmunds.com, the premier online resource for automotive consumer information, was launched in 1995 as the first automotive information web site. Edmunds.com was named "Best Car Research Site" by Forbes ASAP, has been selected by consumers as the "Most Useful Web Site" according to every J.D. Power and Associates New Autoshopper.com Study(SM), was ranked first in the Survey of Car-Shopping Web Sites by The Wall Street Journal and was rated "#1" in Keynote's study of third-party automotive Web si Edmunds.com offers a tool that allows users to easily research the True Cost to Own a particular vehicle. They also offer an appraisal tool that gives you a custom estimate of how much you should get for your trade-in or in a private-party sale based on your location and car options. http://www.reuters.com/article/pressRelease/idUS148640+15-Apr-2008+BW20080415 Reuters
http://www.fueleconomy.gov Automobile Purchasing Provides users with tools to compare the fuel efficiency of different vehicles Fuel economy.gov is the official government site charged with maintaining a database with information regarding the fuel economy of vehicles. By navigating to http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/gasprices/states/index.shtml, you can easily find the best gas prices in your area. You can compare up to four vehicles side to side by using the site's comparison tool. Governmental Site US Department of Energy
http://www.safercar.gov/ Automobile Purchasing Vehicle Safety Information for most automobiles (Searchable database) Safecar.gov is the best searchable database on the web for automobile safety. See crash test data from the NHTSA right here. Navigate to another portion of the site at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/cars/problems/complain/complaintsearch.cfm in order to find a searchable database of consumer complaints about vehicles. See a slow-motion crash test video to see what actually occurs when a car is involved in a crash. Governmental Site National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/ College Search Allows you to complete a customizable search for the college that is right for you or your child. This is the government's one-stop shop for educational information and statistics You can see a report for every school district in the nation using the site. The Kids Zone provides interesting information for children. Governmental Site US Department of Education
http://us.bbb.org/WWWRoot/SitePage.aspx?site=113&id=6cda12e2-5967-437f-876e-bd452a591b91 Consumer Information Use the BBB to look up any business or charity before you do business with them. BBB is the resource to turn to for objective, unbiased information on businesses. Out of millions of websites, the BBB has a traffic ranking of 5712. Click on the link "For Charities and Donors" to see a list of those charities that qualify for the charity seal. Also see a useful 'Wise Giving Guide.' http://www.consumer.gov/ncpw/consumer.htm National Consumer Protection Week March 2-8, 2008 (Consumer.gov)
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prerel.html Consumer Safety Contains a searchable database of recalls and safety information for virtually any product. Find information on more than 4000 product safety recalls using this site. The site contains a fun "Kid Safety" section that has games that help kids play more safely. Governmental Site US Consumer Product Safety Commission
www.bankrate.com/brm/fico/calc.asp?lpid=BKRATE29 FICO score estimator This FICO score estimator is a free alternative to paying for your credit score. Answer some simple questions and get a very good estimate of the actual number. Over ten million FICO® scores have been sold to U.S. consumers since they launched their consumer service in March of 2001. Here you can get basically the same information for free. Click on about FICO scores for more in-depth information on these critical scores. http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fsb/fsb100/2008/snapshots/42.html Fortune Small Business 100
http://gethuman.com/gethuman_list.asp Customer Service Information Gethuman.com gives instructions for actually talking with a human when you call a customer service site. A very neat resource. Paul English, the founder of Get Human, has been featured as a consumer advocate in hundreds of media outlets, including People Magazine and the Today Show with Katie Couric. Click on 'great customer svc' to access a menu that allows you to look for businesses with great customer service in most industries. http://www.cbc.ca/news/background/tech/hightech/voice-response.html CBC News
http://www.collegesavings.org/viewState.aspx Education An SEC recommended website that allows you to learn more about each state's 529 plan In 1991, the College Savings Plans Network was formed as an affiliate to the National Association of State Treasurers. Established to make higher education more attainable, the Network serves as a clearinghouse for information among state-administered college savings programs. Under the 'additional resources' tab, you can use a simple, intuitive cost of college calculator. Also, use the 'compare 529 plans' link to compare different states' plans side-by-side. http://www.sec.gov/investor/pubs/intro529.htm U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
https://studentaid2.ed.gov/getmoney/scholarship/scholarship_search_select.asp?13817/ Education Lots of great, free educational resources, including an expanded scholarship search and an interactive financial aid wizard This site is the federal government's official gateway to financial aid and scholarships. Use the tool provided at the site to see how much different colleges cost, along with how much your family would be expected to contribute towards your education. Governmental Site US Department of Education and Financial Aid.

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