Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Smart Stops on the Web. (the Internet)

Academic journal article Journal of Accountancy

Smart Stops on the Web. (the Internet)

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INVESTMENT & TECHNOLOGY SITES

For Current and Archived Information

cbs.marketwatch.com/news

Although devoted mostly to financial news, this site has enough information for CPAs in technology consulting to warrant a visit. A keyword search returned links to current articles on companies making headlines in this area. Users also can access free e-tools including interactive charting, a portfolio tracker and a market screener.

Enroll in a Free Course

www.free-ed.net

This site is named--and devoted to--Free Education on the Internet. Investment consultants can search its electronic course catalog and click on a topic--such as "Mastering Quicken"--to begin a lesson. CPAs also will see links to free investment tutorials from other sources including EduStock.com, InvestSmart.com and TeachMeFinance.com, as well as e-courses in data extraction, financial crisis management, forecasting and statement analysis.

Tools of the Trade

www.esignal.com

Get all of the resources you or your clients need to trade online from eSignal, including market guide reports, stock quotes, news by ticker symbol and SEC filings. Keep abreast of what's going on with publicly traded companies with the Analysts' Changes section and with an earnings calendar from Net Earnings.

Free Calculators

www.fintools.com

The Montgomery Investment Technology site offers CPAs free online calculators--for bonds, options and exotics--and downloadable ones for those categories as well as for historical price volatility.

Answers for Investors and Traders

invest-faq.com

Beginners, investors and traders can find answers to questions on investment topics such as analysis, derivatives, mutual funds, regulation, strategies and tax codes. Users also can research the site's large bank of investment and personal finance articles, as well as take a break and look in its trivia section for the history of the market terms "bear" and "bull." The Investment FAQ Web site features the book, Five Minute Investing, by Braden Glett, and visitors can read the entire thing for free.

GENERAL INTEREST SITES

Watch and Learn

www.taxtalktoday.tv

CPAs can register for free to access live, archived or videotaped webcasts on various tax topics including collections and examinations, government and tax-exempt entities, and pension plans. …

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