Making Your Money Work for You
Looking for a more efficient way to research investments and make your money work for you? Online, you can learn the basics of investing or you get advanced stock tips and news. You can research, check in on what other investors are doing, or even use the Internet to make trades through an online brokerage. We'll walk you through the basics and show you the best investment-related sites on the Web.
There are plenty of sites on the Internet created to help you understand the financial world, whether you are a first-time investor, or are simply new to online investing. The following sites offer introductions to investing, guides to terminology, and tips for getting your finances in order before you begin. They'll also walk you through the process of investing online for the first time. Research, construct, and manage your portfolio at the click of a mouse.
- In addition to the sites directed at green investors, the top Wall Street news sites (e.g., Forbes or CNN Money) usually have links to an education section or glossary. Once you've familiarized yourself with the details of investing, you may still want to seek the help of a financial planner.
- The book One Up On Wall Street by Peter Lynch is available on Amazon.com and is worth a read before you even explore the opportunities on the Internet. Although Lynch is a professional investor and had a successful career running a popular mutual fund, he describes how anyone can use the everyday knowledge she already has to become a successful investor. Lynch's book is a must-read for anybody who is about to venture into the world of Wall Street or someone who needs advice on how to maximize her efforts.
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- The fundamentals of investing are the same whether you end up investing online or through a brick-and-mortar brokerage; stocks and bonds follow the same rules no matter how you purchase them.
contains information from the National Endowment for Financial Education. The site's investing page
has a link to an interactive, multimedia site, "Investing for Success" that will introduce you to investing step by step, in clear language.
provides information to educate investors. The site hosts a dictionary, posts stock quotes, and offers free newsletters. But by far the most fun (and potentially useful) tool the site offers is the “Stock Simulator”
. Sign up and you can play in the site's fantasy stock games, which are perfect as a trial run for a beginner or an experimental device for the expert who wants to try new strategies.
is a site intended to help young people learn basic money management skills. The site’s simple explanations of investment principles are a great way to teach your kids about money, and it's also a good site for adults who might appreciate reading a few oversimplified explanations.
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