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Securities and Investment: Sources of Information

May 2015

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Image (left): The floor of the New York Stock Exchange, secretly shot with a camera hidden in the photographer's sleeve. c1907 Nov.
Reproduction Number: LC-USZ62-136680
Collection: Miscellaneous Items in High Demand
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Bankrate External Link

A directory of interest rates for different types of loans, mortgages, and savings accounts.

Barrons External Link

Provides free information. Explore the section on Investing Ideas. More coverage of investments with subscription. Sign up for email alerts.

Barron's Market Lab External Link

Provides the latest information on markets at a glance.

BigCharts External Link

A searchable database of quotes and performance charts for stocks and mutual funds. Provides search by ticker symbols on Big chart, Advanced chart and Interactive chart. Historical Quotes tool allows you to look up a security's exact closing price and offers historical quotes 2009-current.

Bloomberg External Link

Provides some free information. Subscription databases and other Bloomberg products are not currently available at The Library of Congress.

CorporateInformation External Link

Provided by Wright Investor's Service. Includes snapshots of companies worldwide for free. Full financials and investment reports are fee-based. The company research reports contained in are produced on over 35,000 companies from over 65 countries. External Link

A global financial platform that allows the user to compare interest bearing products from over 1000 financial institutions in over 100 countries.

Dictionary of Financial Terms. How to Invest: Investing Basics (TheStreet) External Link

Link list of terms useful to understand basic investment terminology.

Dow Jones Industrial Average
History and description

Dow Jones History External Link

The Dow Jones Industrial Average is considered by most to be an effective gauge of the U.S. economy, and overall investor sentiment. This website serves as a place to learn about the ranging from pieces of trivia to a historical timeline starting in 1896.
Historical components of the DJIA External Link (archived copy) [PDF format: 210 KB/19 pp.]
A chart DJIA from 1900-present from

Federal Reserve Statistical Release

The H.15 release contains daily interest rates for selected U.S. Treasury and private money market and capital market instruments. It is published weekly. Also provides historical data for up to 30 years.

Financial Times Markets Data External Link

Provides financial markets data including bonds as well as data archive (for subscribers) and interactive tools for data exploration.

Futures Markets Basics

Basic information on futures trading from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC). Also, see the CFTC Glossary, a guide to the language of the futures industry.

Google Finance External Link

Includes financial markets, news, stock screener and domestic trends. Register to set up a portfolio.

Glossary of Stock Market Terms External Link

Offers an extensive glossary for stock market terms and guidance for beginning investors in the Investing Essentials section of this website.

Introduction to Bonds External Link

Video on investing on bonds for the beginning investor.

Investing in External Link

Geared toward many types of investors-from beginners to experienced equity investors who are new to bonds to sophisticated bond is a unique source of bond price information and includes a wide variety of market data, news, commentary, and information about bonds. The site was created by Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) to help educate investors. The site is continually enhanced and updated with new data, information, and features.--ARBA Online

Investopedia - Bond Basics Tutorial External Link

This tutorial provides very basic information on bonds.

Provided by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. This site offers guiding principles for investment products such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds, ETFs. Information for investors to avoid fraud.

Investor's Business Daily External Link

Powered by Investor's Business Daily or IBD. Provides free information. Offers free trial of subscription database which is more robust. Look at the "Getting Started" materials to learn more about this website and what it offers free and for a fee. Provides information about stocks being bought heavily by institutional investors in the IDB Stock Research Tool.

Investor's Clearinghouse. External Link

Advised by such reputable groups as the Federal Trade Commission, The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Investor Education and Assistance, and other reputable investment-related organizations, the Investor's Clearinghouse offers information and reports on consumer finance issues such as senior investment fraud, retirement savings, home equities, and compulsive buying. It is produced by the alliance for Investor Education with the goal of providing an educational platform where people can learn about investing and get solid advice. It is a good place to find out about current topics of interest as well as get basic information on what to be aware of when entering into an investment. External Link

This web page is specifically good for new investors who want to learn more about investments and the terminology of investing. It covers all kinds of investments.

Motley Fool External Link

This is an investment education website for beginners in finance and investing as well as more experienced researchers. The guides and articles provide advice on investing, personal finance, and retirement planning.

OTC Markets (Over the Counter Markets) External Link

OTC Markets Group organizes securities into the OTCQX®, OTCQB® and OTC Pink® tiered marketplaces. The marketplace on which a company trades reflects the integrity of its operations, its level of disclosure, and its degree of investor engagement.
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Pitchbook External Link

PitchBook is the leading research firm for Private Equity and Venture Capital. Subscription service. Offers a free newsletter.External Link External Link

A searchable commercial database of EDGAR SEC filings searchable by name, industry, business, SIC code, area code, topic, CIK, accession number, file number, date, ZIP code, and more. Also provides listings of:
  • Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) such as IPO Registrants (Companies, Funds, ...) and IPO Filings (S�1s, SB�1s, Prospectuses, ...)
  • Filings by Type (10�K/10�Q Reports, Registrations, ...)
  • Mergers and Acquisitions (M&As) / Tender Offer Filings (14D/Fs, 13Es & S�4s)
  • Insider Trading Reports (3/4/5s, 144s & U�12s)
  • Institutional Ownership (13D/Gs, 13Fs & N-30s)
  • Proxy Filings (Preliminary & Definitive 14A/Cs)
  • Late-Filing Notices

Seeking Alpha External Link

Investment analysis site. Request email alerts useful for research or alerts on stocks you own. Search financial analyst's biographies. Can request trial usage. Subscribers get extra information. Provides conference calls transcripts.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Source of free public company filings since 1994.
Search for Public company filings
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Quick Edgar tutorial

Wall Street Journal Market Data External Link

Overview of US markets at a glance. Keep this site handy for reference.

Yahoo Finance External Link

Provides the latest market data for stocks,External Link bonds,External Link mutual funds,External Link commodities,External Link etc. and investment news.

Zacks External Link

Offers free articles, guides and tools on personal finance and investing for beginners as well as premium products for serious investors.

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