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Library Resources

How Investing & Personal Finance
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Middletown Thrall Library's reference and circulating collections contain a variety of items covering information on investing, personal finance, and the economy. This information can be found in the "330's" section of the nonfiction collection. To find them, just browse the nonfiction aisles until you reach the number 330.

If you need more assistance, please speak with our reference librarians. They can be reached at (845) 341-5461 or online at www.thrall.org/ask.


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Investing & Finance Topics
in the Library Catalog

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Business Databases

These are some of the many databases available to you as a member of the Middletown Thrall Library:

Business & Company Resource Center
Contains information on businesses, companies, and industries. Includes financial statistics and earning estimates, corporate histories, industry ratings and company rankings, market shares and more.
ReferenceUSA
Database of 14 million U.S. Businesses, updated monthly.



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Magazines, Newspapers, Journals
and Other Periodicals

These are some of the many Newspapers and Magazines relating to Investment and Personal Finance available at the Middletown Thrall Library:

               
               

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Online Resources

General Information

Clark Howard's Investment Guide
An easy-to-use guide put together by radio show host Clark Howard about the basic strategies investing with links on the bottom for different levels of experience from "easy" to "advanced."
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission serves as advisories for investors. Here are direct links to some of the SEC's many publications:
EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering Analysis & Retrieval System)
A service of the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). All foreign and domestic companies are required to file registration statements and periodic reports through the Next-Generation EDGAR System. This information is available for free to the public through this database.
Investor.gov
Provided by the SEC; an investor-focused website to help invest wisely, avoid fraud and plan for the future.
QFinance
Finance and business dictionary and glossary providing clear definitions for international business financial terms. Browse by category or search by keyword. QFINANCE is a collaboration of more than 300 of the world's leading practitioners and visionaries in finance and financial management.
Online Investing - OnGuard Online
This site offers advice about online investing. It provides information on securing personal information online, avoiding online investment scams, and reporting online investment fraud. Also available in Spanish.
Investment FAQ
Investment FAQ (frequently asked questions) has a substantial amount of general information for all investors. Browse by categories, search or view the most popular subject areas.
Investopedia.com - Your Source For Investing Education
An online encyclopedia of financial information. Includes articles on all aspects of investing, a financial term dictionary, calculators, and information on licensing tests for financial professionals. "A Forbes Digital Company"
Markets Data Center
Provides comprehensive data on global stocks and indexes, bonds, futures, commodities, corporate earnings, currencies and more. Provided by "The Wall Street Journal."
Quote.com - Your Sources for Financial Markets Quotes, Charts, News and Education
Quote.com is a private corporation that requires free registration for full access. It provides streaming quotes, charts, news and data on stockes, commodities, futures, Forex, options, currencies, bonds and rates, exchange-traded funds (ETF) and mutual funds. The site is browsable, but not searchable.
Investing, Stock Quotes and Research, Personal Finance and Business News
This site includes information on markets, investing and personal finance, news, research, and tools. Searching for companies provides an overview of the company, charts, news, profile, analysis, opinions, and historical data.

See also: Personal Finance


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News & Journals

Bloomberg.com: Investing, Business, and Personal Finance - Breaking News
BusinessWeek: Stock Investing and Investors News
CNBC
Business and financial news.
CNN Money: Business and Finance News
CNN Money: Personal Finance News
Economic News: U.S. Economy (Crisis, Recovery) and World Markets and Indicators
Google Finance
Includes real time quotes for NASDAQ stocks, company financial information, news, and a stock screener that helps you indentify stocks based on P/E Ratios, dividend yields and fourteen other criteria.
Marketplace from American Public Media
The official website of the public radio program about business and the economy.
MSN Money: Investing News
New York Times: Markets News
Includes: Markets Overview, U.S. Markets, World Markets, Mutual Funds, Currencies, Commodities, Bonds, Consumer Rates.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC): News and Public Statements
"The latest news from the SEC, including press releases, speeches and testimony by senior SEC officials, and special studies and reports. You can also read a daily summary of significant SEC actions, such as recent enforcement proceedings, rule filings, and policy statements."
Yahoo! News: Personal Finance

See also: Current Interests Center: Business and Finance News Sources, Stocks and Stock Prices


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Banking

Bank Find
"FDIC Bank Find allows you to locate a single FDIC-insured institution by entering one or more of the criteria below. If more than one institution meets the criteria you enter, you will be provided with a list of institutions that met your criteria. Bank Find can answer questions such as: Is My Bank Insured? Where are My Bank's Branches Located? Where is My Bank's Home (Main) Office Located? What is My Bank's Web Site Address? What Happened to My Bank (Historical List of Events)? Does My Bank have a New Name? Is My Bank Still Open? And More." From Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC.gov).
Banking and Your Money
Includes "When a Bank Fails - Facts for Depositors, Creditors, and Borrowers" and other consumer advisories. From the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). See also FDIC's Safe Internet Banking website.
Bankrate.com
Bankrate monitors approximately 4,800 financial institutions, providing current rates on mortgages, credit cards, new and used automobile loans, money market accounts, certificates of deposit, checking and ATM fees, home equity loans and online banking fees. Calculator will predict monthly loan payments based on interest rates and terms. Provides numerous blogs with personal finance advice and commentary. Safe and Sound ratings include ratings, financial statements, and memorandums on findings - comparing the financial health of banks.
Bauer Financial
Bauerfinancial, Inc. has been analyzing and reporting on the financial conditions of the nation's banks and credit unions since 1983. They have created a five star rating system for both banks and credit unions. Ratings are usually updated 4 times a year. Basic information is free.
FDIC - Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
"An independent agency created by the U.S. Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation's financial system by insuring deposits, examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumber protection, and managing receiverships." The site provides information on laws, regulations, banking and consumer news. Their online bank directory allows visitors to find an FDIC-insured institution.
Federal Reserve Bank: Consumer Information
Topics include: Credit Cards, Mortgages, Foreclosures. From FederalReserve.gov.
HelpWithMyBank.gov
"Helpwithmybank.gov helps you find answers to your National Banking questions." Provided by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, from the U.S. Treasury Department.
National Credit Union Administration
The NCUA is the federal agency that supervises, charters and insures savings in federal credit unions. Provides a directory of chartered Credit Unions including financial performance reports.
New York State Department of Financial Services (formerly The New York State Banking Department)
"To allow the financial industry to expand and prosper through judicious regulation and vigilant supervision, to educate and protect consumers while promoting economic growth and ensuring that the financial system is safe and accessible to all."
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), Administrator of National Banks: Consumer Protection
Topics include: Reverse Mortgages, Foreclosures, Scams, Rights and Laws, Cashier's Checks, Fraud, Gift Cards, Borrowing against Home Equity, and more. From the U.S. Treasury Department.

See also: The Banking section in our Economy web guide.


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Bonds

Investing in Bonds - Bond Basics
This site provides information about Bonds, including: Bond Basics, What You Should Know, Buying and Selling Bonds, Types of Bonds, Strategies, Bonds and Your Stage of Life, Municipal Bonds, Government Bonds, and Corporate Bonds. It is provided by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA).
Bonds Online
A comprehensive site for the fixed-income investor. It includes bond information, news, quotes and trading for the individual and institutional bond investor including municipal, corporate, savings, agency, and treasury bonds.
Treasury Securities and Programs (Including Savings Bonds)
A guide to the Treasury Securities currently available.
Savings Bond Calculator
Easily calculate the current value of paper savings bonds.



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Commodities, Futures, and Options

Barchart.com - Commodity Futures Market Overview
Charts, price quotes, and technical analysis for Commodities, Futures, Stocks, Forex, and exchange-traded funds (ETF). Provides a learning center with information about futures and options, including online courses and glossaries.
Chicago Board Option Exchange
The Chicago Board Option Exchange offers current and historical options market data as well as educational material.
CME Group
Provides a range of benchmark futures and options products covering all major asset classes, including interest rates, equities, FX, commodities, and alternative investments such as weather and real estate.
Commodities - Latest Trading Prices and Data from CNNMoney.com
Provided by CNN, Fortune & Money. Offers trading prices, data and news headlines on the U.S. Commodity market and exchange.
Commodity Futures & Financial Market Charts
TFC provides free commodity and financial charts, an online glossary and an online short course.
Options Calculator
Highly customizable input parameters include option styles, prices of underlying instruments, expirations, strikes, implied volatility, interest rates, dividends, and more. Provided by the Chicago Board of Options Exchange (CBOE).
Options Clearing Corporation
The Options Clearing Corporation is a registered options clearing agency.
Options Industry Council
Offers a variety of options education including online classes, glossary, quotes, options chains, and tutorials on options basics, equity options, index options, LEAPs and volatility. Links to the Options Clearing Corporation.



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Currency

Currency Converter
Provided by Olanda, Inc. Current and historical rates for the entire world's currencies and four metals. Also provides a glossary of currency terms.
International Monetary Fund (IMF)
An organization of 187 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.
The United States Mint - U.S. Department of the Treasury
Official website for the U.S. Mint - responsible for producing and distributing coins.
U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Official website for the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing - responsible for producing and distributing paper money.



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Insurance

Insure.com
Insurance News Network site for information about annuities, and other forms of insurance. Provides, through Standard & Poor's, ratings for all types of insurance companies - auto, home, life
Yahoo! - Insurance
Informative articles about insurance issues and advice for buying all types of insurance.
Weiss Ratings
Conducts quarterly evaluations of the safety and financial strength of life, annuity, health, property and casualty insurers.
A.M. Best Company
Provides ratings and analysis of Insurance and Banking Companies. Free registration is required to access information in the Rating Center.



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Mutual Funds

CNN Money: Mutual Funds, Financial Advice and Planning
About Mutual Funds
Provides basic information about Mutual Funds, different types of funds and how to build a portfolio. Provided by About.com.
iMoneyNet
Provider of money market mutual fund information and analysis. Provides current money fund tables.
Invest Wisely: Mutual Funds
Provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Topics include: Key Points to Remember, How Mutual Funds Work, Factors to Consider, Avoiding Common Pitfalls, If You Have Problems, and Glossary of Key Mutual Fund Terms.
Mutual Funds Center - Yahoo!
Learn more about mutual funds, including types of mutual finds and how to choose a fund. The site provides video tutorials and the ability to search by fund name or symbol.



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Personal Finance

Kiplinger
Offers personal finance and investing advice, financial management tools and business forecasting. Includes articles from current and past issues of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine.
CNNMoney
Articles from Money and Fortune magazine. Features include: "America's Best Places to Live," "100 Best Companies to Work For" and "Best Jobs in America." Also offers "Money 101: A step by stem guide to gaining control of your financial life," stock/fund quotes, customized stock / fund graphs and car buyer's guide.
LearnVest's Knowledge Center Archive
LearnVest's online Knowledge Center provides a collection of articles, videos, checklists, calculators, and interactive tools to aid consumers in their personal finance decisions. Topics covered include: saving, budgeting, banking, investing, debt, retirement, loans, mortgages, taxes, estate planning and much more.
Money Matters
From the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Sections include: Scam Watch, Credit Cards, Managing Your Money, Dealing with Debt, Your Home, and Jobs. Also available in Spanish.
MyMoney.gov
Numerous tips and advice from the Financial Literacy & Education Commission of the U.S. Treasury Department. Popular topics include: Spending Plan, Managing Debt and Credit, Dealing with Mortgages, Planning for Retirement, Saving & Investing, Getting a Loan, Getting Insured, Knowing Your Consumer Rights and Scams/Fraud. The site also provides calculators, checklists, and budgeting worksheets. Links to other government websites.
Personal Finance: Official Information and Services from the U.S. Government
Government information about personal finance, homeownership, retirement, and estate planning. Topics include: Credit and Debt (Bankruptcy, Credit Reports, Manage Debt, Personal Credit Help, Student Financial Aid, Student Loan Consolidation), Home Ownership (Mortgage Resources, Homes and Housing), Money Management (Bank Complaints, Cars, Charities, Benefits and Grants from the Government, Lottery Results, Saving and Investing) and Retirement and Estate Planning (Estate and Gift Taxes, Retirement Estimator, Retirement Plans Benefits and Savings).
Personal Finance & Investments Advice - TheStreet.com
News and articles. Money management and retirement help, financial market and Wall Street news, trading stock and personal finance advice.
Personal Finance Advice - Personal Financial Management
Provided by MarketWatch, includes information on Real Estate, Taxes, Retirement, Spending & Saving, Careers, Small Businesses and Credit Cards.
FCIC's Publications.USA.gov - Free Publications from the Government: Money
Operated by the Federal Citizen Information Center (FCIC) of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Publications.usa.gov provides digital access to government publications which deal with various topics, including but not limited to: credit, debt, investing, saving, loans, money scams, and taxes.
Calculators: Mortgage, Auto, Credit, Retirement, Savings
Provides a variety of calculators relating to Mortgage and Home Equity, Auto, Credit Cards, Savings & Investment and Retirement.
Mint - Free Personal Finance Software
Free personal finance management software. Provides the ability to track bank, credit card, investment and loan transactions, plan goals and track progress. Owned by Intuit, the makers of Quicken and TurboTax.

See also: Consumer Information: Money and Investing


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Retirement

AARP: Money
News, articles, and tips tailored for retired persons and seniors from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).
CNN Money: Retirement Plans and Planning
Retirement savings strategies, retirement planning calculators, news and articles from the editors of Money magazine.
New York State and Local Retirement System
New York State Office of the State Comptroller. Information for employers and current or prospective retirees in New York State.
Social Security Online - The Official Website of the U.S. Social Security Administration
Includes Social Security Earnings Statements, Estimating Your Retirement Benefits, Forms and Publications, Local Offices, and Applying Online.
Retirement: USA.gov
Official Information and Services from the U.S. Government. Includes links to the Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration.
Yahoo! Finance: Retirement
Includes retirement calculators, how-to guides, articles and tools. The site also provides a helpful glossary of financial terms.



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Stocks & Stock Symbols

Stock Symbols

BigCharts: Symbol Lookup
MSN Money: Investing News
NASDAQ
NYSE
New York Stock Exchange
Marketwatch
Yahoo! Finance

Stocks - Charts, Reports, News, Dividends, & Histories

BigCharts (a service of MarketWatch)
A free service providing access to professional level investing tools - quotes, news, interactive charts, industry analysis and stock screens. Historical quotes go back to 1985. Register for a free MarketWatch account to access the Advanced Tools.
Business Insights: Essentials (formerly Business and Company Resource Center)
Accessible to current Thrall / RCLS library cardholders. Information on over 400,000 US and international companies: histories, chronologies, rankings, investment reports, more.
DividendInvestor.com
Described as a "worldwide independent provider of dividend information and data for investment professionals." Search for dividend quotes by stock symbol. Information categories include Dividend Yield / Rate / Average, Payout Ratio, AllStar Ranking, Declaration Date, Ex Date, Record Date, Pay Date, Current and Previous Amounts, Payments and Payment Types.
MarketWatch
Stock market quotes, business and financial news. Subsidiary of Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
CNN Money
Business news and financial market coverage, stock quotes, investing and personal finance advice, and tools. Stock charts and company profiles are available.
Google Finance
Includes real time quotes for NASDAQ stocks, company financial information, news, and a stock screener that helps identify stocks based on P/E Ratios, dividend yields and many other criteria. Track quotes and recent activity by signing up for a Google Account.
Hoovers
Business research company providing information on U.S. and foreign companies and industries. Less-detailed company information is available for free. Paid subscribers have full access.
StockCharts
Provides tools, educational information and expert opinions to improve investing. Their "ChartSchool" provides articles and information about analyzing and reading charts. Also offered is an extensive glossary defining charting terms.



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