Resources

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FINANCIAL PLANNING/PERSONAL FINANCE
CNN Money. Sources for breaking business news, personal finance commentary, and planning tools.
Kiplinger Personal Finance. Timely personal finance advice and business forecasts; includes news, rates, calculators, quotes, columns, and advice on finance and business.
MSN.Money's Money Central. Investor quotes, charts, news, and a variety of financial planning information.
Reuters.com. Quality financial education; investment information, research, and screening tools.
Yahoo Finance. Financial news and commentary on U.S. and world markets, plus investment, loan, and insurance centers.
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COLLEGES & FINANCIAL AID
College Board Online-The College Board Library. Student and parent information; college planning news, tools and resources.
FastWeb. Fastweb serves a national community of students, parents, scholarship providers, and educators by committing to provide every student with the tools necessary to fund their higher education goals.
SavingforCollege.com. Independent and objective information on different ways to save and pay for college; plenty of interactive tools.
Fastweb.com  information for college bound students on scholarships, grants, etc.
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ESTATE PLANNING
Aging With Dignity. Learn how to ensure that your wishes will be followed in the event of a serious illness with the help of a Living Will and other documents; how to discuss your wishes with loved ones and your physician, and where to obtain resources for family caregivers; includes link to related sites. Check out its "Five Wishes" brochure.
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GOVERNMENT AND OTHER AGENCIES/ORGANIZATIONS
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. All things to know about Medicare, Medicaid, and many other federal and state-administered health programs.
Department of Health and Human Services. Hot links to all kinds of valuable health, health care, drug, food, and medical information as well as more resources.
Employee Benefit Research Institute. Nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to data dissemination, policy research, and education on economic security and employee benefits; check out its domestic-partner benefits fact sheet.
FirstGov. The U.S. government's official Web portal with hot links to agencies, information, and help from the federal government.
Internal Revenue Service. Tax information, directions, tools, downloadable forms, and more.
Legal Services Corporation. Click on Get Legal Services for a list of government-funded legal services available in your area for qualified individuals.
NASDAQ. Home page for the largest electronic screen-based equity securities market in the United States; check out its Investor Tools section.
New York Stock Exchange. Home page for the world's leading equities trading floor; check out its glossary of trading and stock terms.
Social Security Administration. News and how-to information on tax withholding, obtaining a replacement card or Statement of Earnings and Benefits, etc.
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HOME OWNERSHIP
BankRate.com. Assorted general information and rates, including current mortgage rates by specific location, calculators to help you figure out how much house you can afford, and a glossary.
National Association of Realtors®. Lots of home-buying and ownership information, links and calculators; includes helpful search tools.
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 MARKET NEWS
Bloomberg.com. Includes market data, news, analysis, and commentary plus live streamed radio and television links.
MSN.Money's Money Central. News and commentary from major media outlets.
CNNMoney. Business news, plus market snapshots and investing information.
Marketwatch.com Market news and business updates including real time quotes on many of the most active issues.
Smartmoney. From Dow Jones & Company Inc., publishers of The Wall Street Journal, and Hearst Communications; online magazine of personal business includes information on stocks, bonds, mutual funds, the markets, and more.
Wall Street Journal. Interactive edition. All the news of the WSJ plus 24-hour-a-day updates.
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 RETIREMENT
CNNMoney. Source of retirement planning commentary and planning tools.
Kiplinger Personal Finance. Timely retirement advice, calculators, columns, and more.
MSN.Money's Money Central. Retirement commentary, advice, and tools to use.
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SENIOR ISSUES
AARP. Targets those 50 or older planning for or already retired; all kinds of useful information; be sure to check out Learning and Technology; Family, Home and Legal; Money, and Work.
Agency on Aging. A gold mine of government resources for seniors to home and community-based services through programs funded under the Older Americans Act.
FirstGov for Seniors. The federal government's Web portal; plenty of useful information on everything from consumer protection to health, retirement, taxes, travel and leisure, and plenty in between.
Medicare. Learn about eligibility and benefits, billing, compare health-care options, download Medicare forms, and locate participating providers by geographic area.
Social Security Administration. Access to a wealth of information related to Social Security; obtain general planning information; apply for benefits and even file online.
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TAXES
Internal Revenue Service. Tax information, directions, tools, downloadable forms, and more.
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