Amortization
Calculator. Interactive program calculates your periodic payment
for a given loan balance and stated, or
nominal, interest rate. In addition, creates a loan amortization
schedule and it can handle a balloon payment too.
http://www.bretwhissel.net/amortization/amortize.html
Barron's Online. Presents an
overview of world markets, expert investment ideas and advice,
and a complete statistical review of the preceding week's trading and
financial activity.
http://www.barrons.com/
Bloomberg.com. Financial markets news and
information.
http://www.bloomberg.com
The Bond Strategist. Previews and
reviews of credit markets and their related economies.
http://bondheads.com/
CFA Institute.
[Fomerly the Association for Investment Management and
Research (AIMR).] Learn about the CFA Institute, the Chartered
Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and more.
http://www.cfainstitute.org/
Fama/French Forum.
Observations, opinion, research and links from financial economists
Eugene Fama and Kenneth French.
http://www.dimensional.com/famafrench/
The Financial Forecast
Center. Stock market, interest rate, inflation, and currency
exchange rate data, trends, and forecasts.
http://www.forecasts.org/
FINRA -- Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority. The largest independent regulator for all securities
firms doing business in the United States. Their Investors section
offers articles, interactive tools, alerts and other resources to help
make you a better investor.
http://www.finra.org/
FreeLunch.com.
A service provided by Moody's
Economy.com that helps you
find free eeconomic data, financial data, economic charts, economic
analysis, and demographic data.
http://www.economy.com/freelunch/default.asp
Globeinvestor.com. Stocks,
investing and financial news from a Canadian perspective.
http://www.globeinvestor.com/
Investor Education and
Assistance. The SEC's Office of Investor Education and Assistance
provides a variety of services to address the problems and questions you
may face as an investor.
http://www.sec.gov/investor.shtml
Investor Protection
Trust. Non-commercial investor education materials. Start your
journey to becoming an educated investor by reading
the "Seven Investor Education Booklets" that can be found in a link on
the right-hand side of the homepage. The booklets include such topics as
"The Basics for Investing in Stocks", "A Primer for Investing in Bonds",
and
"Maximize Your Retirement Investments".
http://www.investorprotection.org/
Linear Interpolation Equation Formula Calculator. Sometimes we are
forced to use trial-and-error plus interpolation to find the
approximate Yield to Maturity (YTM) on a bond. This online calculator
helps you with the interpolation.
http://www.ajdesigner.com/phpinterpolation/linear_interpolation_equation.php
Mortgage
/ Bond Calculator. Calculator determines the present value for
mortgages, pure discount bonds, and coupon bonds. It will also
calculate the rate of return (or bond yield-to-maturity) that makes the
present value equal to a known market price for the security. It
will also build an amortization table for you.
http://www.econmodel.com/classic/calculators/pv1.php
The Motley Fool. Wonderful online
investment education site, whose mission is to "To educate, amuse and
enrich" -- and they do!
http://www.fool.com/
NASDAQ. Highlights daily economic events and
provides analysis thereby helping you interpret economic news and
relate to market movements.
http://www.nasdaq.com/
Price Check
Calculator. Helps you estimate a fair price to pay for a stock based
on three main things: the company's earnings, the rate at which those
earnings are projected to grow, and the stock's volatility. You can also
tweak the variables to see how the valuation might change.
http://www.smartmoney.com/pricecheck/
SIFMA: Securities Industry and Financial
Markets Association. Represents the securities industry on
regulatory and
legislative issues and initiatives, and also serves as a forum for
outreach, training, education and community involvement.
http://www.sifma.org/
Statistics Every Writer
Should Know. Described in plain English, are some basic concepts in
statistics that every writer (and finance student) should know.
http://www.robertniles.com/stats/
Web Interface for Statistics Education
(WISE). Contains interactive statistics tutorials and links to
databases, on-line statistics journals and discussion groups, and links
to other sites dedicated to statistics.
http://wise.cgu.edu/
Z-Score and Normal Distribution Java Applets. Links to Java applets
useful for finding probabilities related to normal distributions.
http://psych.colorado.edu/~mcclella/java/zcalc.html
Stock Market
Watch. Up-to-date stock market news and information.
http://thestockmarketwatch.com/markets/today.aspx
Time Value of Money Web Sites
Annuities:
Ordinary? Due? What do I do?. Tutorial (with quiz)
to help you better identify, understand, and calculate future and
present values of both ordinary annuities and annuities due.
http://web.utk.edu/~jwachowi/annuity1.html
Annuity Problems. Practice time-value-of-money annuity problems
with answers and detailed solutions.
http://web.utk.edu/~jwachowi/annuity_prob.pdf
"Growing
Annuities". Article explains how to
determine the future/present value of a growing annuity (i.e., an
annuity
in which the payments/receipts increase each period at a constant
percentage).
http://web.utk.edu/~jwachowi/growing_annuity.pdf
Rule of 72 (with
calculator). Get "doubling your money" exact answers plus "Rule
of 72" estimates courtesy of MoneyChimp.com.
http://www.moneychimp.com/features/rule72.htm
TI BA II Plus™
Professional Calculator Tutorials. Free, interactive online
"movie" tutorials designed to help students learn the
BA II Plus Professional's features.
http://www.atomiclearning.com/ti_ba2
Time Value of Money Formulas "Rosetta Stone".
In "Engineering Economy" a different set of notations is used for "time
value of money" formulas than is generally used in finance/accounting. Dr.
Lee at FIU provides his "Industrial Financial Decisions" students with
this handy summary of formulas in both engineering-speak and
finance-speak.
http://web.eng.fiu.edu/leet/EIN5359IndFinDec/EQ_Comparison_Excel.DOC
ValuationResources.Com.
Business valuation resources including links to valuation
publications, industry resources, economic data, public company
information, mergers and acquisitions data, etc. -- some of the
data providers linked to require a fee, but many do not.
http://valuationresources.com
ValuePro Stock Value
Calculator. Gives a baseline valuation for publicly traded
common stocks. Just enter the stock's ticker symbol. Users may also
change any of the inputs and revalue.
http://www.valuepro.net/index.shtml
Value Quotes. Quotes on
personal and business value.
http://www.valuequotes.net/
"What is
Market Efficiency?" Nice article explaining the concept of "market
efficiency" courtesy of Investopedia.com.
http://www.investopedia.com/articles/02/101502.asp
Yahoo! Bond Center. General
information about bonds, a glossary, the latest bond news, and a message
board.
http://finance.yahoo.com/bonds
Yield to
Maturity Calculator. Will help you to determine the
"annualized" (nominal annual) YTM of a bond that pays interest
semiannually. This "annualized" YTM is found by first determining the
semiannual YTM, and then doubling that figure. This is exactly what bond
traders do in calculating a YTM.
http://www.investopedia.com/calculator/AOYTM.aspx
Zacks Investment Research. Find
company information using their pull-down menu with company ticker
symbol. Requesting a "PDF Snapshot" will get you a company's
beta too.
http://www.zacks.com/