Investment

Investment

Investment > Introduction

Welcome to Personal Finance eGuide chapter on Investment.

Investing through the stock market is not only for those who are already independently wealthy. Many ordinary income families invest to achieve greater returns on their assets. This chapter has materials to get you started on your own investment plan as well as offering resources which can be used to research companies and products to evaluate if they are suitable for investment. This chapter closes with information about advanced investment topics such as trading options, futures, and currency.

Investment > Beginning

Beginning > Books

The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money--and Live Richly Ever After is Sharon Epperson's advice for couples to take control of finances, assess financial health, and save towards retirement.

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need is a classic guide to investing featuring information on taxes, Social Security, wills, saving for college, and much more.

The Street.com Ratings Ultimate Guided Tour of Stock Investing is a book that covers the basics of investing in the stock market and includes several worksheets for photocopying. This reference item is released four times a year.

Barron's Finance and Investment Handbook is another reference item. It contains a large directory of many finance related businesses, such as brokerage houses and mutual fund companies, and an excellent financial terms dictionary.

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Kiplinger's Guide to Investing Success has information on understanding how to control your money when it comes to marriage, buying life insurance, investing, renting, or buying a home.

The Motley Fool Investing books are slightly older materials, but still very relevant to the current investing climate.

The Library also has finance and investing books and DVDs for and about kids.

Beginning > Online Databases

Morningstar Investment Research Center can help you get started making smart investment decisions. Find a stock or fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings or see how your investments fit together. We also offer three online tutorials for Morningstar: Getting Started, Reports, and Portfolio X-Ray.

Use NetAdvantage's Financial Literacy Section to gain a better understanding on a variety of topics including budgeting, buying a home, investing in stocks or bonds, managing money and taxes.

Value Line Research Center includes online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

Beginning > World Wide Web

Yahoo! Finance has calculators, how-to guides, and expert information on personal finance.

The Motley Fool site on personal finance is the home site of the Motley Fool offering free information on just about every aspect of personal finance.

Read "How to Invest by Beginning With a Personal Policy" from The Sideroad. This article is about basic investing ideas from a registered financial consultant and tax lawyer.

View a list of savings bonds and treasuries available for investing from the U.S. government on Treasury Direct. These bonds and treasuries are suitable for those who do not wish to assume a great deal of risk in their investments.

Try your hand at the Virtual Stock Exchange with this interactive investing game.

Investment > Stocks & Funds

Stocks & Funds > Books

Learn about choosing stocks from one of the most successful names in the business. The Neatest Little Guide to Stock Market Investing covers 17 stocks which are held by Berkshire Hathaway, one of the most successful companies traded on Wall Street.

Exchange Traded Funds are an alternative to the traditional mutual fund. An ETF is designed to mimic the movement of large indexes such as the S&P 500, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and others. Learn more about the basics of trading ETFs and the various indices they track through Exchange-Traded Funds for Dummies.

Learn the fundamentals of investing in mutual funds with, Common Sense on Mutual Funds, from noted mutual fund pioneer John Bogle.

Investment > Advanced Topics

Advanced Topics > Books

Find advanced investing/trading vehicles for the specialized investor in The Only Guide to Alternative Investments You'll Ever Need: The Good, the Flawed, the Bad, and the Ugly.

The Only Investment Guide You'll Ever Need is a guide to personal finance that offers advice on investing on the Internet, taxes, Social Security, wills, college funds, life insurance, and money market accounts.

Winning with the Dow's Losers: Beat the Market with Underdog Stocks offers trading strategies for those who are comfortable trading stocks and wish to find a way to make more money off their initial investments.

Advanced Topics > Online Databases

Morningstar Investment Research Center can help you make smart investment decisions. Find a stock or fund to meet your needs, research current or prospective holdings, or see how your investments fit together.

We also offer several online tutorials for Morningstar:

Value Line Research Center includes online access to Value Line's leading publications covering stocks, mutual funds, options, and convertible securities as well as special situation stocks.

Advanced Topics > World Wide Web

Visit FuturesBlogs to see current news on futures, commodities, and more. This site is suitable for the advanced investor who is not afraid of a great deal of risk.

Get quotes on the commodity futures market from Bloomberg. You'll also find prices on energy, livestock, and precious and industrial metals trading, as well as the latest news.