General Investment Information Resources
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s website has information for consumers who are investors, such as investment choices, consumer protection, and background checks on the credentials and history of people working as investment professionals. This organization’s primary focus is to train and monitor investment professionals across the United States. However, they also have information for the investors themselves. FINRA is also is the sponsoring organization that provided the grant money for “Smart Investing @ Your Library”.
Washington State Department of Financial Institutions
Often called simply “DFI”, this is Washington state’s organization that regulates and examines a variety of state chartered financial services. This includes banks, credit unions, investment advisors, mortgage brokers, and payday lenders. Their Consumer section on the website has Alerts about recent frauds and scams in the state, education on financial topics, a way to submit a complaint against an organization or professional, and a search to verify a state license.
Part of the greater Yahoo website, this section focuses on investment information related to stocks, mutual funds, personal finance such as budgets and mortgages, how-to guides and news articles on related topics. It also has a Portfolio function where you can set up your own account to track stocks and mutual funds, whether you have actually purchased them or not.
An online dictionary / encyclopedia of financial terminology. Also has tutorials at the Beginner, Advanced and Active Trader levels. Look on the left side for navigation buttons to the dictionary and tutorials. (Warning: to bypass the initial fullpage ad, click on “Direct to Investopedia.com” at the top of the window.)
A basic investing home study course, including topics : Investing Basics, Finding Money to Invest, Stock, Mutual Fund and Tax-free (retirement) Investing, Finding Help, and Fraud.
North American Securities Administrators Association
NASAA’s website has an Investor Education tab at the top, which includes investor awareness, alerts and bill of rights, and other education resources. Has a special area for Senior’s and
Your Money: A Guide to Reaching Your Financial Goals
The Guide introduces the world of investing and provides direction for learning basic financial investment skills for making short, medium and long term financial decisions. There are eleven Information Modules plus Worksheets prepared by Lightbulb Press for the FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Morningstar Investment Research Center
Business & Company Resource Center
Financial Rating Series (includes theStreet.com and Weiss Ratings)