PERSONAL FINANCIAL PLANNING SITES
Don't let the URL fool you. Whether they love or hate financial planning, PFP professionals and clients can find useful information at this Web site. Visitors can register for free to access articles, checklists and interactive forms on topics such as annuities, asset allocation, budgeting, estate planning and IRAs. Members also can find financial calculators, weekly tips and a guide to decoding financial jargon.
This site bills itself as "a woman's one stop on the Web for business, finance and careers" and with its many links to investment information, visitors can believe it. It includes links to glossaries and tutorials on how to find stock quotes, as well as a message board so registered users can create what the site calls an "investment club forum" where either new, intermediate or advanced investors can post questions about and get replies to their clubs' investment concerns.
Interested parties can find personal financial planning and retirement strategy information, as well as a daily tip and links to similar Web sites here. Users also will want to check out the article database. Titles include "How to Create an Emergency Fund," "Do You Know How to Manage Stock Market Volatility?" and "Money Management for Newlyweds."
This site tackles topics including insurance, investing, loans and taxes with articles such as "Stocks--From Start to Finish," "Enron Goes Hollywood" and "Understanding Insurance." Visitors also can access budgeting spreadsheets, financial planning calculators and investor worksheets.
MUTUAL FUND SITES
School is in session, at least for those who want to learn more about mutual funds. This Web site--the electronic version of Mutual Funds magazine--features sections such as Money 101: Investing Mutual Funds, which links to tutorials on Money magazine's site, www.money.com, on asset allocation, investing basics and estate planning. The Expert Advice area discusses specific investment topics in a Q&A format. Users also can register for the free weekly e-mail newsletter, Hotline.
Visitors can subscribe here for free to two e-mailed newsletters. One of them, Manager Insight, includes interviews with fund managers, and Fund Launch Alert offers news on recent fund launches. Users also can research archived newsletters on the site. …