It seems that everyone has advice for investors. So-called experts create a blog and hand out advice that may or may not be valid. Some even claim they can help you “beat the market.” Not all financial advice websites are questionable, however. Here are some of the most reliable and informative financial advice sites on the Web today.
Yahoo Finance brings a wealth of current data along with some great tools. Up-to-date financial news , free stock quotes, international market data, portfolio management resources, current interest rate information and interactive tools such as message boards and personalized information make Yahoo Finance one of the more comprehensive online sites.
CBS MoneyWatch provides market news for investors as well as financial advice for the elderly, retirees, families, homebuyers, entrepreneurs, employers, employees and almost every other group imaginable.
The U.S. News & World Report Money section has a comprehensive collection of financial information. The retirement advice section is particularly informative with loads of advice about planning for retirement , early retirement, investing for retirement and best and worst places to retire.
Forbes has expansive coverage of everything from investing to inventing. Sections include personal finance, bonds, markets, retirement, real estate, taxes and stocks.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) website contains current stock prices and financial news as well as a host of personalized tools to manage your money. Sections include financial services, wealth adviser, market data and real time economic news and strategies. The WSJ site is behind a paywall, but you can sometimes access articles free through Google News. If you are a professional investor, check out the WSJ SmartMoney site for investment guides, maps, watch lists and more. Much of the information there is free.
CNN Money has a lot of the same information as most of the other solid financial sites, but it adds a dose of humor from time-to-time that make visiting fun. For example, a popular video shows footage of robots running into walls and falling to the ground. CNN asks “Are these robots drunk?” Watch the video to find out.
Google Finance is not as showy as its counterparts, but it makes up for the lack by disseminating information, and lots of it. Sections include market summaries, top financial stories, domestic trends and stock screening. You can create a personalized portfolio tracker and store it in your Google account.
Kiplinger provides not only personal financial advices, but a basic how-to for first-time investors. The weekly email economic and business forecasting newsletter the Kiplinger Letter requires a subscription fee, but email updates are free.
Bloomberg is one of the best for up-to-the-minute financial data and business analysis. The site also includes a personal financial section, videos and calculator tools. Bloomberg also has a YouTube channel and covers international financial news.
The Motley Fool Personal Finance section offers a wide variety of easy-to-understand articles on everything from taxes to credit cards. Discussions boards and free online personal finance software are available to registered users.