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101 things for investors
The lowdown on stocks, mutual funds, the economy and more.
April 7, 2005: 1:36 PM EDT


99: The most useful Web sites. The best place to start for news and analysis is our website, For the rest of your investing needs, you can probably get along fine sticking with a single financial Web site. CNN/Money ( or either MSN Money ( or Yahoo Finance ( will do nicely. Each offers comprehensive one-stop shopping for all manner of financial information, resources and tools: portfolio tracking, quotes, company news, market analysis, charts, stock screens, earnings forecasts, insider sales reports and IPO data.

For fund information, is the unquestioned king, with free data and analysis for thousands of funds. Fund junkies will also want to add to their bookmarks. The site keeps on top of manager changes and offers insightful and sometimes irreverent commentary.

We like for its impressive calculators and tools. A great Web site to look up unfamiliar investing terms is, a financial glossary with 6,000 definitions, including handy cross-references.

100: The best market commentaries.

-- Warren Buffett. In his annual letters to shareholders, you'll find some of the most astute analysis of the markets and investing. You can read Buffett's letters going back to 1977 at

-- Jeremy Grantham. Another investing legend shares his quarterly market forecasts -- including a look back at how his calls panned out -- at

-- Tom McManus. Research from Banc of America Securities' well-regarded strategist and others can be found at

-- James Paulsen. The Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist's monthly Economic & Market Perspective is available at

-- Bill Gross. The bond guru shares his monthly outlook at

-- Other mutual fund managers who post their topnotch shareholder letters online include: Marty Whitman (, Jim Gipson ( Bob Torray and Doug Eby (, and the folks at Tweedy Browne (

101: Six investing classics

The Intelligent Investor, by Benjamin Graham. The one book you need to learn about stock picking.

A Random Walk Down Wall Street, by Burton Malkiel. The case for why individuals can do as well as the pros.

Common Sense on Mutual Funds, by John Bogle. Fund-picking tips from the father of indexing.

Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles Mackay. A look at how we've long been prone to irrational exuberance.

Devil Take the Hindmost, by Edward Chancellor. The history of speculation, from ancient Rome to today.

Against the Gods, by Peter Bernstein. Risk, and how we've tried to manage it over the ages.  Top of page


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