MyMoney.gov is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on MyMoney.gov can help you maximize your financial decisions.
Consumer protection basics… plain and simple.
FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry. FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly. FINRA provides investors with tools and resources that can help them make wise financial decisions.
An online resource from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Learn basics, do research, avoid scams.
The Investor's Clearinghouse:
Sponsored by the Alliance for Investor Education, The Investor's clearinghouse is dedicated to facilitating greater understanding of investing, investments and the financial markets among current and prospective investors of all ages. The Investor's Clearinghouse offers reports and other information on consumer finance issues such as compulsive buying, senior investment fraud, retirement savings and home equities.
Path to Investing:
"Path to Investing" offers clear, objective, and practical information that can help individuals become educated investors. Included is expert guidance from investment professionals, as well as investment perspectives for different lifestyles. Quizzes, calculators, and puzzles to sharpen your investment focus are also offered.
A fun site that has some great overviews of the stock market plus other financial and economic topics. Try the "Chimp-a-go-go" where you can click to learn something random everyday!
Big Charts offers company and industry information, interactive charts and news services, and historical quotes (for non-defunct companies). This site also offers lists of the best and worst performing industries based on stock price percent changes. A great free resource for building comparative charts of stocks and indices.
Motley Fool's "Fool School" (free registration required)
This is a great site for personal edification as well as learning a little about investing and some of the various markets.
Billing itself as the "internet home of Fortune and Money" magazine, among others, the CNN Money site covers all of the markets and provides numerous tutorials and overviews of finance-related topics.
Yahoo! Finance is a fairly straightforward site to turn to for easy-to-manipulate stock information, including historical coverage and the ability to compare across companies and/or indices.
Stock Basics from Investopedia.com
A good place to learn the basics of stocks from what they are to how they're traded.
Zack's.com (some free)
Zack's pulls together data feeds and printed research reports on over 10,000 companies from over 185 brokerage firms. They also record over 25,000 earnings estimate revisions and changes in broker recommendations weekly.
Bloomberg.com (some free)
Bloomberg provides financial news and data through its proprietary, stand-alone Bloomberg Terminal. Full access to Bloomberg data offers coverage of almost every kind of financial data out there, not just stock information.
Individual exchanges and indices also have information on their sites. Here are some examples:
Standard & Poor's indices (some free)