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AAII's Guide to Top Web Sites

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Comprehensive websites offer a full range of investment information, including financial news, fundamental data and analytical tools. Expect to find market, industry, and economic data and trends; fundamental and technical analysis tools including screeners; stock, mutual fund and ETF research; portfolio trackers; and quotes, charts and news.

These top sites offer in-depth investment data as well as sophisticated tools and are great references for keeping up to date.

 MarketWatch.com  

   marketwatch.com
FREE-$199/yr. (4 weeks free)
Provides a wide range of financial news regarding investing, markets, personal finance, retirement and economy/politics. Portfolio tracker is offered for registered users. Personal finance section is robust with a large collection of articles and a bevy of tools. Offers stock, fund and options screeners as well as investor calculators. Domestic and international markets data are both covered. Extensive company financial information can be accessed through the ticker/keyword search providing extensive information including charts, historical quotes and analyst estimates. Earnings and conference call calendars are presented. Earnings Watch page is especially helpful during earnings season; it continuously updates as new earnings are released. Site also includes video, radio and podcasts. Users can access premium newsletters for a fee.




 Morningstar.com  

   www.morningstar.com
FREE-$195/yr. (free 14-day trial)
One of the best overall sites. Provides financial news stories and videos on a variety of investment topics. Simple to navigate and provides easy-to-locate individual sections for markets, personal finance and user forums. Comprehensive data is available on more than 385,000 investment offerings. Fundamental data for stocks and funds are especially strong. Stock and mutual fund screeners are available, as well as a portfolio manager. ETF research can be conducted, and several different calculators are available. Site also presents earnings call transcripts. A real-life finance section covers saving for college, investing for retirement, optimizing a portfolio and minimizing taxes. Forums are also now also offered. Premium subscribers have access to Morningstar's proprietary research reports with star ratings, premium stock and mutual fund screeners and additional portfolio monitoring tools. The bonds section provides ratings for corporate bonds.




 Yahoo! Finance  

   finance.yahoo.com
FREE-$131.40/yr. (free 30-day trial)
Offers news and opinions on the markets and provides an in-depth personal finance section, including retirement planning calculators. Each of the main sections expands to show a variety of categories that include market overview; investing ideas and expert advice; and budgeting, retirement planning and taxes. One of the few sites that offers historical quotes for stocks and indexes free of charge as well as comprehensive information regarding different sectors. Extensive fundamental data provided on stocks but data for funds is not as robust. Presents calendars for stock splits, economic events, earnings, IPOs and mergers. Simple free stock and mutual funds are offered. Fee-based services include real-time quotes, stock tracking, streaming news, stock screening and real-time in-play market commentary.