Business & Finance

  • American Association of Individual Investors - From the beginning, AAII has answered the question, "Where can you go to get unbiased facts and effective knowledge about investing?" Dr. James Cloonan founded AAII in 1978 because he believed that individual investors armed with effective investment education materials and a bit of dedication could outperform the popular market averages. Over thirty years later, the 150,000 members of AAII report investment returns that are consistently higher than those of the stock market as a whole. AAII's Shadow Stock and Mutual Fund Portfolios (real portfolios used to teach members about investing) have had lower risk scores and better returns than the S&P 500 for the last 10 years. AAII is a nonprofit organization that arms individual investors with the education and tools they need to build wealth. From stock investing to financial planning and retirement funding, AAII covers all your needs with hundreds of articles and analysis.
  • County Business Patterns - County Business Patterns (CBP) is an annual series that provides economic data by industry. This series includes the number of establishments, employment, and payroll. This data is useful for studying the economic activity of small areas; analyzing economic changes over time; and as a benchmark for other statistical series, surveys, and databases between economic censuses. Businesses use the data for analyzing market potential, measuring the effectiveness of sales and advertising programs, setting sales quotas, and developing budgets. ZIP Code Business Patterns data are available shortly after the release of County Business Patterns. It provides the number of establishments by employment-size classes by detailed industry in the U.S. These two programs cover most of the country's economic activity based on establishments. Data for 2010 were released in June 2012.
  • FRASER - Federal Reserve Archive - The Federal Reserve Archival System for Economic Research (FRASER) started as a data preservation and accessibility project of the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis. FRASER's mission is to safeguard and provide easy access to economic history, particularly the history of the Federal Reserve System. FRASER is a mixed subject and institutional repository that preserves and provides access to economic and banking data and policy documents. Various types of documents have been digitized, including the following: publications of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; publications of District Federal Reserve Banks; statements, speeches and archival materials of Federal Reserve policymakers; economic data publications; statistical releases; Congressional documents; books; and reports by various organizations.
  • Investopedia - The Investopedia sources articles from nearly 200 writers located around the world with expertise ranging from active trading to frugal living and everything in between. Whether they're frugal consumers with loads of unique tips, financial professionals who want to spill the beans about how to succeed on Wall Street, or experienced day traders with an eye for all things technical, our readers want to hear the real-life experts' side of the story. This site includes a dictionary, video, tutorials, market analysis, and hundreds of articles on investing.
  • MarketWatch - MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones, tracks the markets with more than 16 million visitors per month. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data, with dedicated journalists generating hundreds of headlines, stories, videos and market briefs a day from 10 bureaus in the U.S., Europe and Asia. MarketWatch is part of The Wall Street Digital Network, which includes,,, and
  • The Motley Fool - Founded in 1993, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool provides financial solutions for investors of every kind. Whether it's analyzing the latest earnings reports or helping investors find the next home run stock, the Fool's award-winning website publishes hundreds of articles each week. offers news, analysis, and commentary; the Fool's groundbreaking stock-rating service provides unique insights into what Motley Fool community members (as well as more than 100 professional Wall Street firms) think about the stocks investors own. More than 5,000 stocks carry a rating from one to five stars, making the Fool's CAPS site a must for investors seeking new ideas (or a second opinion on their investments). From buying a home to dealing with taxes, and from managing credit-card debt to saving for retirement,'s Personal Finance Center provides actionable advice to help members save more and spend smarter.
  • TheStreet - TheStreet is a digital financial media company; their mission is to provide actionable ideas from the world of investing, finance and business in order to break down information barriers, level the playing field and help all individuals and organizations grow their wealth. TheStreet offers tools and insight needed to make the best decisions about earning, investing, saving and spending money. Since its inception in 1996, TheStreet has distinguished itself from other financial media companies with its journalistic excellence, unbiased approach and interactive multimedia coverage of the financial markets, economy, industry trends, investment and financial planning.