By Karen Niemla
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In 1997 the North American Industry Classification System was developed to classify industries, replacing the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) from 1997. This website will show you the latest additions to NAICS and search for numbers and titles.
SEC Filings & Forms (EDGAR)
"All companies, foreign and domestic, are required to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database."
“"TreasuryDirect is the first and only financial services website that lets you buy and redeem securities directly from the U.S. Department of the Treasury in paperless electronic form." This is also a place to find information on things like U.S. savings bonds
American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA)
This organization has existed since 1919 and is “devoted to investor protection.” There are a number of free articles and documents on this site, such as relevant law and regulations, articles on issues of interest to investors, different types of news, and much more.
This website has news, articles, market data, and many useful pages such as Commodity Futures, which shows values and graphs on important commodities. There is also related news at the right of the page, and more pages on the rest of the Bloomberg website may be useful as well, like their Currency Calculator.
As the name suggests, there is information on bonds here. There are a variety of tools available, such as a chart center, quote center, news, and other useful features.
CNN's financial website has news, feature articles, stock information, employment help, video, and other things expected from a news magazine. There are a lot useful pages on this site, such as a list of world markets, financial calculator (not as good as Bloomberg's) and industry specific pages.
The Investment Company Institute (ICI)
This is the national association of U.S. investment companies and has been around since 1940. This website has free research newsletters & reports in .pdf format and html that can be browsed by title or subject. There is also news, transcripts of speeches made by notable members, advice for investing, and more.
This site offers information on funds, stocks, and other topics. It has advice, articles, news, RSS feeds, discussion boards, and more.
NASD is about 60 years old and is a "private-sector provider of financial regulatory services." Under the Rules & Regulation tab, the website has a glossary, articles, speeches, and other useful things. Further useful news and information can be found on the site as well.
Unsurprisingly, the NASDAQ website has a lot of useful and trusted information. It is customizable, and can show quotes, news, market activity, and much more.
The NYSE website is well known and polished. This is a good place to find prices on many products, such as bonds, commodities, funds, etc., as well as different types of news, statistics, and more. The site is also available in four languages, and is a part of nyse.com
Do keep in mind that there are other sites like this covering finance for other parts of the world.
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association(SIFMA)
"Born of the merger between The Securities Industry Association and The Bond Market Association, SIFMA is the single powerful voice for strengthening markets and supporting investors -- the world over." There is free access to Market Research, Statistical Tables, Surveys, news (including emergency alerts), and more. It has separate sites for the U.S., Europe, and Asia.
"ThomasNet, powered by Thomas Register® and Thomas Regional®, is an industrial search engine that provides one source for finding the exact product, service, or supplier –quickly and efficiently. ThomasNet provides direct access to the detailed information needed to make a purchasing or specifying decision, including line-item product details, CAD drawings, and more." It is free to join, and there is a discussion board.