Useful Finance and Accounting
This is a list of finance and accounting websites that we have found
useful. It is not an exhaustive list. If you find others that should be
on it, have a suggestion for improvement, or just want to let me know you were here, please e-mail Dr. Michael
Go to information on:
In a class by themselves--data on almost everything! Both of these sites are worthy of your time, and both will make you more productive.
SUPERSPOT! Quandl--Data on almost everything. This site is a "must go to" site for
someone interested in getting good time series and current data. The author, Tammer Kamal, has done a fabulous job of arranging the material in a logical, useful
and easy to find format. This site is, indeed, in a class by itself as a useful resource for student and researcher alike.
From the front page, one easy way to get to the data you want is to click on the "What kind of data does Quandl have?" list. All data is downloadable and useable.
SUPERSPOT! Knoema--Data on almost everything. A second site that has huge amounts of good time series
and current data. Perhaps a bit harder to navigate than the one above, the data appears, based on my tests, to be a bit better formatted than the site above. The two sites, in concert
provide the serious student, researcher, or just interested observer, superb sources of data from the comfort of your computer screen. A (for now free) login is required, but
the process is easy and worthwhile.
From the front page, type into the box at the top what you want--for example, "Corn Production worldwide." You will get a well formatted table showing the number of
tons of corn by year in the producing countries. All data is downloadable and useable.
Interesting finance data sources
Using your financial calculator. You have a new financial
calculator, and you'd like to learn to use it for finance calculations. Try this page, which includes a printable one-page exp
lanation of "how to" for your new calculator.
Annuity central. There are many kinds of annuities in the world.
These sites explain the various types of annuities that you may own. In addition, the sites offer the opportunity to convert your annuity to immediate cash. Please read the
webmasters preface to the site before you actually go to the annuity sites shown on the next screen.
Amortize your loan. This is a
great loan amortization tool. Put in the relevant data--loan amount, interest rate, loan length and how often you pay (from weekly
to annually) as well as the date your loan starts. The calculator provides you payment, interest, principal and balance for each
payment, and annual interest and principal paid. It's a very nice piece of work, and free!
SUPERSPOT! The Money Alert. This is a well set up website that provides a raft of
information about markets, personal finances, financial planning, retirement planning, and other financial subject.
It is an easy read, with pointers to subjects that all of us will find interesting.
Retirement and 401k resources. This is another commercial site that has a great number of very good
resources to use for retirement and 401k planning. In addition, they have some blogs that are both delightful and interesting reading. If you ever plan to retire--or if
you plan to plan to retire--this is a good website to consult.
Retirement Planning Check List. This is a commercial site, with the underlying purpose to sell checks.
It is surprising, therefore, to find some good advice regarding retirement on the site, but the site has a number of good references, along with some common sense
advice regarding the phases of your life as related to financial planning. Their advice to "get into your company 401K plan" is appropriate--a 401k is a good, painless way to save for retirement. Sometimes
companies will make it even easier by helping shoulder some of those retirement costs.
Annuity FYI. This website contains a raft of information
about Annuities. Annuities are not for everyone--very often, their fees are relatively high and they offer less flexibility
than some other investments. However, in the right situation, they can be appropriate vehicles for an investor, particularly
one who is risk averse. In addition, this website offers a great number of retirement planning referrals--sites that may be
useful as you consider putting away the money that will get you that spot in retirement paradise.
Loan Calculator. This is another of the growing number of calculator
websites. The calculators seem comprehensive and well done, with a good interface.
Global Association of Risk
Management website is devoted to risk management, with many intersting links and a lot of information for the investor
and the academic.
Web World (WEB sites for discerning finance students). The author of this site is also the co-author of a widely used
finance textbook. He has put together an excellent site which includes auxiliary class materials, references to outside readings
for chapters of his or any other finance text, and references to websites that finance students will find of use.
VentureLine--where everybody has an MBA
This site is intended to provide tools to MBA's and non-MBA's alike to help make financial decisions. At this time, much of the
material is in beta test, which is probably a good time to try the tools for free!
Data on the economy
HSH Associates Adjustable Rate Mortgage Indices. So you have an adjustable rate mortgage, and you aren't sure the financial
institution has changed your rates correctly. This site show ARM indices to as early as 1975. They are downloadable. In
addition, if you are shopping for a home loan, this site can give you an idea of where to look at what to expect to pay.
HSH Associates Lender's showcase.
Shopping for a new home loan? Want to refinance? HSH has a by-state list of lenders who quote rates
and points. A great starting point for getting information. Since HSH is in the business of
providing information, and not providing the loan, this is a great site.
Internet Bankruptcy Library All kinds of information on bankruptcy, including
troubled securities and legal information.
Free Online Economic Resources for Kids
Although the real purpose of this site is to get people to download coupons, it also contains some interesting answers to economic questions that
might be of interest to kids. It was proposed for inclusion in these pages by a Girl Scout Troop in Minnesota. OK, ladies, here it is!
Finance/Economics links for journals,
working papers, databases, etc. An index of still more finance and
economics sources on the web. Interested in the location of a journal?
It's here. Interested in working papers? Interested in still more financial
data sources? All are here.
FRED: The Federal Reserve Electronic
Data Downloadable data on the economy and interest rates provided by the
Federal Reserve of St. Louis. Prime rates from 1949 to the present by month; lots
of other downloadable interest rate data, and lots of other data on the economy.
Really worth a look if you need historical data or information on the economy.
SEC filings (EDGAR). The
SEC's project EDGAR is a current set of SEC filings.
U.S. Department of Labor
Data. Data on labor trends, price indices and other things that may
drive other financial data. This is a place to get data before it gets
to your newpaper, while there may still be time to act on it to
Stock and bond market data sources
Bonds Online. Named one of the Smart Money 10 most valuable
finance sites on the web, this site contains a huge amount of data on bonds--savings bonds, treasuries, corporate bonds,
municipal bonds--including prices and research. If you are interested in fixed income securities, this is a good spot to go.
MasterList Plus Database. This is a super starting point for gathering
stock information on over 9,600 companies. You can get quotes, information
on SEC filings, company information, and more. An excellent site.
Investopedia As described by its webmaster, Investopedia is your complete,
unbiased and easy to understand educational guide to investing and personal finance. The site includes the most comprehensive
investing dictionary on the web as well as hundreds of financial tutorials and articles. A very nice site worth the time of
any investor, particularly a serious student of investing.
J.P. Morgan Investment Bankers. This site, sponsored by JP Morgan & Co., has a huge
amount of information on financial instruments. Better than the average brokerage site--this is well organized and seemingly
Merrill Lynch data page. Merrill Lynch is the largest stock broker in the United States. On these
pages, they provide data that may help you in making stock selections.
These pages also provide information on the broader investment market and
on the economy. No endorsement of Merrill Lynch is offered or intended
by including this reference.
The NASDAQ home page. NASDAQ,
the stock market for the rest of us, has a homepage that provides a great
deal of information on the smaller companies traded on NASDAQ. This is
an interesting site.
Prudential Securities website. This is a fairly good stock site, with the
usual materials one would expect from a broker.
Stock Maven. Stock research center, real time quotes and
news, live financial markets data, research tools to evaluate and track stocks of publicly held companies.
Free real time streaming ECN quotes software.
Yahoo's finance page. Yahoo provides information here on stocks, including very
current news; stock quotes; and pointers to lots of useful and interesting sites. A good place to go.
Information on commodities
Chicago Mercantile Exchange. The new name of
the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade is...CME Group.
This site offers updates on commodities trading on a 10 minute basis. This is your chance to make
a bundle. Information on agricultural, currency, equity, and interest futures.
The old saying in commodities is, "I've made 5 fortunes in commodities...and
Miscellaneous useful information
Area code finder. If you need to find a telephone area code
associated with a particular region of the country, or do a reverse phone search, this site may be
of interest to you.
ZIP code finder. If you need to find a ZIP code
associated with a particular region of the country, this site may be
of interest to you.
How to sell your car safely I normally would not put up a commercial site here, but this is
very well done and the "sell" occurs after a great deal of useful information on selling your car.
Finance magazines and papers
Magazine. Fortune Magazine's home page, including stories from the
Finance India This Journal has an impressive
board of editors, and will provide good information for academics
in finance. Probably not the cup of tea of non-academics.
Magazine electronic version. This is a very nice summary of some things
Money Magazine has to say on a daily basis. You can also request an e-mail
version daily, including closing stock prices and other financial information.
Accounting data sources
Should you get a degree in accounting?
Accounting is a great profession with a lot of good opportunities ranging from tax preparers and
folks who do bookkeeping through partner in a major accounting firm to controller of a company. This
excellent site discusses the ins-and-outs of getting a degree that will prepare you for this profession
and see you through to your goal.
All about GAAP. Accounting.com has
prepared an excellent site on Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). This site is
loaded with information that is useful to both students and professionals alike--students to
learn about GAAP, professionals to help educate their clients regarding GAAP.
California Society of CPA's. A
good website by a professional organization of CPAs in California. Probably
most useful to a CSCPA member or a student interested in becoming a CPA.
California oriented material.
accounting website pointing to other websites. An absolutely amazing array of pointers to other
accounting and tax websites, information of use to the accountant, accounting teacher,
accounting student, or business person interested in accounting. Dr. Schmidt
has pointers to accounting course information; jobs in accounting; accounting
firms in the US; non-US accounting; and many others. This site is a must
see and is probably the best jumping off point for an accounting search.
It may end up being all you need.
InfinitAccounting Blog. A
blog with pointers to a lot of current and interesting articles.
tax forms in PDF. It's 11 o'clock at night, and you need just one more
form to finish a tax return. Where do you get it? If you have
Acrobat Reader (available online), you can download a PDF version that
you can print and use. Almost any IRS form you could want is here, and
the quality is actually higher on our laser printer than the IRS forms
we get from the service center.
7 crazy taxes from the US and Abroad.
This is a fun site--
seven taxes that, on the surface, may seem outlandish (aren't all taxes you are subject to
outlandish!). The first one, though, follows all other state laws pretty well--people get taxed
on the place where they work, and a pro athlete generally will be taxed on where he (or she) makes his (or her) money--
on the field of competition. All of these are fun examples of taxes.
World wide tax information. This site
contains a wealth of information on taxes and tax rates world wide. It also includes a mini-course in
double entry bookkeeping. When this site comes to full power, it could be the godzilla of
world wide tax sites.
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