General Personal Finance Resources

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A highly-customizable site offering a wealth of information on many personal finance topics, such as Consumer Watch, Workplace,retirement Planning, Finding the Best Financial Planner, etc..

Comprehensive personal finance site. Offers real-time stock quotes, lists of top mutual funds, as well as a wealth of information on topics including retirement planning, saving for college, insurance, buying or selling a home. Sponsored by Microsoft.

A very comprehensive insurance site, with reams of information on auto, health, home, life, and other types of insurance. You can easily request quotes, get specific information on many insurance issues, and consult lists of insurance FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions).

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Popular with first-time buyers seeking mortgages, and others who wish to refinance, or looking for auto loans, credit cards, etc,. Application is easy, an E-Loan checks for the best rates among nearly 70 vendors. When E-Loan matches you with a lender at your specified rate, it notifies you by email.

A site rich in content, including articles from Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, financial calculators, and an excellent advice column about Kids & Money.

A free service that lets you compare quotes from leading insurance companies to find the best rates available on Auto, Life, Health, Homeowners, Condominum, and Renters Insurance, as well as Annuities, insurance for Motorcycles or ATVs, Watercraft, Motor Home, Home Warranty, and even Pet Insurance!

An excellent starting-place, resulting from a cooperative venture between the National Council on Economic Education and Northwestern Mutual. Originally conceived as a primer for middle and high school students, their teachers and parents, The Mint proves to be a very good introduction to basic financial concepts for adults as well.

Microsoft Network has gotten rid of its $9.95 monthly fee, and now offers for free a huge amount of information on topics such as Banking & Bills, Retirement & Wills, Taxes, Insurance, Saving & Spending, Family & College, and Mortgages & Loans.

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This online version of Money Magazine offers a verey wide array of information on topics such as Money 101, Retirement, Saving & Spending, Insurance, Autos, et al.

There is a 3-simultaneous user limit on this resource; if you are accessing it from outside the Library buildings, you will be prompted for your Library Card barcode number and the last 4 digits of your phone number.

Morningstar Investment Research Center combines in one convenient database all the stock, fund, industry and ETF information necessary for in-depth research and smart portfolio construction. It is a one-stop-shop for screening and report building tools including extensive help and education materials.

Chose from three different calculators—depending upon your needs. (Available in English and Spanish.)

A new, major offering from Yahoo! that includes Banking and Budgeting, Loans, Real Estate, and Taxes. Available tools include Calculators (Mortgage, Budgeting, and many more organized by info need), Experts (13 experts), a Glossary, Rates, and How-to Guides. The site also offers licensed content from, Consumer Reports, The Motley Fool, and The Wall Street Journal.

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Cost of Living and Salary Calculators

Bankrate's Calculators

Bankrate offers a wide array of free online calculators for your use: Auto, College Finance, Credit Card,Home Equity, Investment, Mortgage, Retrirement, and Savings.

Bureau of Labor Statistics Cost of Living Info and Inflation Calculator

The Consumer Price Indexes (CPI) program produces monthly data on changes in the prices paid by urban consumers for a representative basket of goods and services. This section of its home page provides detailed CPI information and a handy popup Inflation Calculator that allows you to see what a dollar amount from a given time period is equivalent to in contemporary dollars.

CNN Money's Cost of Living Calculator (How far will my salary go in another city?)

Using data provided by researchers at American Chamber of Commerce Research Association, Inc., CNN Money offers you the ability to compare key expenses in dozens of major cities. Costs include housing, utilities, transportation and health care. This same page offers further links to real estate tools, including How much house can you afford?, a Mortgage payment estimator, and a Renovation wizard.

How Much House Can You Afford? offers a selecftion of calaculators to answer this question.

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Inflation Calculator

The Bureau of Labor Statistics offers a free, flexible inflation calculator: you input a dollar amount, pick an original worth year, and then select another year to see the inflation at work.

Homefair Moving Calculators

Homefair offers, via a left sidebar, a tremendous selection of calculators and estimators to aid you with every conceivable aspect of moving and planning to move.

What Are You Worth?

Offers comparative salary ranges for a variety of occupations between cities and zip codes.

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