by Joseph Maas
Anyone who has searched the Internet for investment information knows there are dozens and dozens of websites dedicated to providing investors with information. But how many of these websites are actually contributing meaningful, accurate, and valuable information? Most investors have their favorites but then, as with the adage “You don’t know what you don’t know”, there may just be a few on this list you’d be well advised to review.
That’s the purpose of this blog…to introduce you to a few sites you may not already know, or to confirm you’re already batting 1000. Here is my list of The Top 10 Indispensable Investment Information Websites which, by the way, was a serious selection challenge! The following list is alphabetical as each investor has his or her own favorites and priorities.
1. Closed-End Fund Center: www.cefa.com
This is a great site if you’re interested in following closed-end funds. The information you’ll receive is on the current and historic discounts and premiums to net asset value of over 600 closed-end funds. You’ll also be able to use the website’s tools to sort and filter over 30 different types of funds in a variety of valuable ways.
From the website: “The Closed-End Fund Association (CEFA) is the national trade association representing the closed-end fund industry. A not-for-profit association, CEFA is committed to educating investors about the many benefits of these unique investment products and to providing a resource for information about its members and their offerings.”
2. EMMA: www.emma.msrb.org
EMMA is the Electronic Municipal Market Access website, a service of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. This site gives you information about municipal bonds, helping you determine the best yields available in the tax-free bond universe. You’ll find prices and key background information on the municipal bond issuers. This site offers an excellent screening tool to search for bonds in different categories and different locations throughout the United States. For example, if you’re interested in the Water and Sewer Bond for Olympia, Washington, information about it will appear in just a few clicks.
Check out this site and you’ll be surprised by the amount of information available at Financial Visualizations (Finviz). There are a number of different ways you can filter for information and compare company data. Many other sites that offer information like Finviz protect their data behind subscription fees. Some are inadequate and some are difficult to use, but Finviz offers a free screener that allows you to sift data with about 70 filters.
4. Investing in Bonds: www.investinginbonds.com
This is a good site if you want real-time market data on bond prices and trading activity, and especially if you’re interested in individual corporate bonds and municipal bonds. This website is operated by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA). Be careful with the commentary as some of the material is dated. Good for all levels of investors, from beginners to experts, this site has a lot to offer. In their own words: “Investinginbonds.com is a unique source of bond price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary and information about bonds. The site has been ranked as a top investor site for bonds by Money, CNBC, Forbes, and others.”
5. Investopedia: www.investopedia.com
Investopedia is an excellent website for free stock education. They offer a full archive of articles on investing, and they are so popular that they have over 1 million visitors every month. The site is good for both new and experienced investors, and provides tutorials to help you learn key concepts. They also have a free stock simulator so you can trade stocks and even build a fictitious portfolio that tracks daily market activity so you can practice your stock-selecting abilities.
I hope you discovered a few new treasures you can use at some point in your investment activities. I think you’ll be surprised by the next portion, too. My next blog article will list the second half of the Top 10 Free Investment Information Websites!
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