Basic financial Web sites on subjects from accountants to zero-coupon bonds.
With all the financial Web sites available today, it's difficult to know where to start in your search for solid, basic information. Here's our guide to the best of the financial Web sites, on subjects from A to Z.
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American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Kelley Blue Book,
Bond Market Association
Nolo's Plain English Law Centers Calculators
A myriad of financial calculators are available at Bankrate.com; savings, currency, credit card payments, cost of living comparisons, among others. Nolo is a self-help legal information Web site that also provides a number of calculators: how much you'll need to save for a new car, the cost of renting vs the cost of buying a home, as well as interest and payment calculators, and the time it'll take to reach your financial goals.
Financial Planning Association (FPA)
National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
Insurance Information Institute
Constructive advice on auto, health, home, business, life, disability, and other types of insurance from the organization whose mission is to improve public understanding of insurancewhat it does and how it works.
HSH Associates, Financial Publishers
Besides being able to calculate payments, refinancing, prepayments, and many other important figures for the home buyer/owner, both sites allow you to shop around for the best mortgage rates in your area.
US Department of the Treasury's Bureau of the Public Debt
Visit this site if you're thinking of investing in any kind of treasury security. Savings bond calculators and TreasuryDirect (investing directly with the US Treasury) are two of the services featured here.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners
Internal Revenue Service's The Digital Daily
Nolo's Plain English LawCenters Taxes & Audits
www.nolo.com/lawcenter/ency/index.cfm (click on Taxes & Audits)
The IRS site publishes tax forms, instructions and publications, as well as a wealth of tax information for individuals and businesses. Nolo, a self-help legal information Web site, explains how to deal with the IRS and offers tips on what to do if you can't afford your tax bill.
Easy-to-understand explanations of these issues; how they work, and how to use them.
Vicki Brentnall. Bookmark these financial Web sites.
Aug. 22, 2003;80:61.