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Investing and Personal Finance

Financial Crisis!

Are you wondering what caused the stock market to fall and how you can survive it? We've put together a collection of Web sites and books to help you.



  • Research Databases
    The CLP Business Databases are an invaluable grouping of local, national and international business and financial information. Detailed company profiles, stock ratings, full-text articles, searchable directories and many more citable, reliable resources are just a click away.

News and Stock Quotes

  • Yahoo Finance
    Loaded with current stock quotes, charts, company profiles, historical price information and tools for personal investors, Yahoo Finance is often the first stop when doing research into anything Wall Street. Whether it is the current day's activity or a decades old quote, Yahoo Finance provides reams of information on companies, industries, investment vehicles and general market activity. In addition, Yahoo Finance offers users many tools to create and save portfolios that track their investments.
  • Google Finance
    Google Finance is another resource for providing up to the minute business information, detailed company information, current stock quotes and graphic breakdowns all in an easily understood and searchable format.
  • Online Wall Street Journal
    Investment and financial news and much more get complete company news, financial statements, earnings estimates plus mutual-fund performance data, rankings and major holdings with interactive charting.

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Public Companies

  • Annual Reports of Pittsburgh Public Companies
    A collection of print and microfiche annual reports for public companies in the Pittsburgh region. Some of these reports date as early as the 1930's, however the bulk of the reports date from the 1970's and 1980's to the present.
  • EDGAR, Corporate Filings with the SEC
    Includes 1994-current 10-K's and 10-Q's, (annual and quarterly filings) of publicly-traded companies. Since annual reports to investors (except in the case of investment companies) are not required by law to be filed with the SEC, most are not listed. However, some companies have volunteered their annual reports to the SEC.
  • IPO Central
    Jointly maintained by Hoover's and the SEC's EDGAR Online provides a detailed financial profile on companies that have registered with the SEC to go public.
  • American Stock Exchange
    The American Stock Exchange (AMEX) includes a wide variety of listed equities, an extensive options market and an unrivaled listing of more than 100 exchange traded funds (ETFs), the securities category pioneered by the AMEX. A company description, quote and fundamentals are available for all listed companies.
  • NASDAQ Stock Market
    NASDAQ, the largest U.S. electronic stock market with approximately 3,300 companies, lists more companies and, on average, trades more shares per day than any other U.S. market. Listed companies are leaders across all areas of business including technology, retail, communications, financial services, transportation, media and biotechnology. Includes quotes, charts, news, financials.
  • New York Stock Exchange
    The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) is the largest equities marketplace in the world, home to some 2,800 U.S. companies that are a cross-section of large, midsize and small capitalization companies and nearly 460 non-U.S. companies. Has a profile, data, news and SEC filings for listed companies.
  • Pink Sheets Electronic Quotation Service
    and OTC Bulletin Board
    Provide quotations for securities not listed on the NYSE, AMEX or Nasdaq, including national, regional and foreign equity issues, warrants, units, ADRs and DPPs. Pink Sheets has quotes, news, charts, financials and corporate information; OTC Bulletin Board has the same for those companies registered with the SEC.
  • Investing in Bonds
    Summarizes basic tips in investing in corporate and government bonds. A selected lists of bond dealers in included. Yesterday's prices on "municipal bonds which trade four or more times on the prior day are included in each daily report, which will typically include about 1000 issues out of 1.4 million issues which are outstanding."
  • Treasury Direct
    The government financial services website that lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in paperless electronic form. Also contains extensive information on T-bills and U.S. Savings Bonds.

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Personal Finance

    Allows you to request a free report from each of the nationwide consumer credit reporting companies: Equifax, Experian and TransUnion.
  • Bank of America: Personal Finance Tips
    Advice and instant calculators to help you make intelligent decisions about savings, debt repayment, loans, retirement, etc.
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
    The central mission of the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.
  • Consumer's Guide to Credit Cards
    This site--maintained by the Federal Reserve Board, whose goal is to protect the credit rights of consumers--provides a basic guide to navigating the credit card process.
  • Financial Facts Tool Kit
    This Tool Kit from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is a succinct and reliable list of sites to help people manage their money and invest wisely.
  • It All Adds Up
    Sponsored by American Express, this website is for teens who want to prepare for their financial futures. The web site contains online games and simulations to help students learn about credit management, buying a car, paying for college, budgeting, saving, and investing.
  • on2: Money
    An online newshour website from PBS for students about money and investing.
    U.S. federal government web site with information on how to protect yourself from fraud and how to report fraud.

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Selected Books

Opdyke, Jeff D.
The Wall Street Journal: Complete Personal Finance Guidebook
HG179.O639 2006
Opdyke, a long-time financial reporter for the Wall Street Journal, has done an excellent job compiling basic financial information and presenting it in plain language for the general reader to easily comprehend. Questions ranging from car loans to mortgages to 401Ks are all answered here.
Tobias, Andrew
The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need
HG4521.T6 2005
In addition to telling you how to proceed after winning a million dollars, Andrew Tobias explains investment vehicles that may be used to fund any savings or investment plan, no matter the amount.

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