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Personal Finance and Investing: Your Investments

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Investing Online for Dummies

US Stock Exchanges and Indices

Listed below are major US indices.

New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) - The largest stock exchange in US with strictest listing requirements.

Dow Jones Averages‚Äč

NASDAQ - There is no physical location or "floor brokers" for stocks traded. Referred to as an "OTC" or (Over-the-Counter) market, the NASDAQ is a virtual stock exchange. NASDAQ offers more than 40 market and sector indexes, including those calculated for third parties, to help customers track market performance.

Standard and Poor's - The S&P 500® has been widely regarded as the best single gauge of the large cap U.S. equities market since the index was first published in 1957.

Penny Stocks - Micro-cap equities subject to their own guidelines as set forth by the SEC.


Check On Your Investments


Value Line's Investment Survey is available at the library. Investment analysis on over 1,700 companies across over 75 industry groups, including stock price data and performance and independent company analysis. There are three parts to this survey: Summary and Index, Selection and Opinion, and Ratings and Reports

Learn how to use this investment resource:


Mutual Funds

Mutual Funds

  • IndexUniverse
  • Covers product and market developments related to index funds, ETFs, index derivatives (futures/options/swaps), and the investment strategies that use these financial tools.  
  • Investor's Center Covers the basics of mutual fund investing with data and commentary. The site serves as a clearinghouse for fund information, providing direct links to educational topics, worksheets, calculators and commentary on a variety of subjects provided by leading fund companies.
  • Investment Company Index Makes it its mission to "promote public understanding of mutual funds and other investment companies" and is the national trade association for the investment industry.
  • You can compare the fees and expenses of up to three mutual funds, or the share classes of the same mutual fund on the FINRA’s Mutual Fund Expense Analyzer. You can also compare the fees and expenses of up to three ETFs using the same tool. 
  • SocialFunds.comCompare funds, select a fund, order free fund prospectuses online and stay abreast of industry news.
  • VanguardThe site of The Vanguard Group. Clients can log in to manage their portfolios. The site itself has investment information for the public.
  • Wall Street Journal Digital's Smart Moneycovers funds to watch, managing your funds, and offers interactive tools to help you compare funds. 

LawHelp New York provides free, downloadable forms scaled to meet the needs of residents based on zipcode location. Wills, estates, and powers of attorney are included. In addition, this site offers a database of attorneys as part of the NY Legal Aid network/free legal service for eligible clients, which may include Seniors