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Offers investment and retirement services as well as traditional banking (checking, savings, lending,...

Offers investment and retirement services as well as traditional banking (checking, savings, lending, etc). Winner of the J.D. Power and Associates "Highest in investor satisfaction with self-directed services" award.

The standard trade commission is $8.95. Additionally Schwab offers no-fee ETFs and mutual funds. The typical initial deposit is $1000.

Full pricing can be found here.

Another well-established online broker with a thorough set of research tools and investment guidance. Ameritrade...

Another well-established online broker with a thorough set of research tools and investment guidance.

Ameritrade has a flat-rate trade commission of $9.99 and offers more than 13,000 mutual funds including some no transaction-fee funds. The minimum initial deposit is $2000.

Complete pricing is available here.

Scottrade is an online discount broker aimed at keeping trading cost and other fees low while maintaining...

Scottrade is an online discount broker aimed at keeping trading cost and other fees low while maintaining quality research tools and retirement services.

The standard trade commission is $7.00 and they carry more than 2,800 no transaction-fee mutual funds. The minimum deposit to open an account is $500.

Full pricing information can be found here.

Research Tools

MarketWatch offers one of the most comprehensive set of investment research tools on the web. In addition...

MarketWatch offers one of the most comprehensive set of investment research tools on the web. In addition to virtual portfolios, stock & option screeners and mutual fund breakdowns, the site has many tools for the shorter-term investor, including earning calendars and upgrades/downgrades

The resources are divided into the following sections: Stocks, Options, IPOs, Bonds, Currencies, Commodities, Futures, Mutual Funds, Calendars, ETFs and Personal Finance.

Similar set of tools as Yahoo! Finance. Includes an Education Center as well as expert articles focused...

Similar set of tools as Yahoo! Finance. Includes an Education Center as well as expert articles focused on investment strategy, retirement and personal finance.

You can create virtual portfolios, track stocks and participate in message boards and get stock ratings using their StockScouter tool that rates stocks based on fixed criteria.

Comprehensive set of tools for stock research and news feeds. Also aggregates financial news from around...

Comprehensive set of tools for stock research and news feeds. Also aggregates financial news from around the web and organizes them into categories (stocks, bonds, commodities, etc.).

You can also create virtual portfolios, perform advanced stock screening and take part in their active network of message boards focused on market sectors, investment techniques or specific companies.

Financial News

If you're looking for up to the minute news on the markets and economy around the world, Reuters will...

If you're looking for up to the minute news on the markets and economy around the world, Reuters will have something for you. The online news powerhouse has global resources and focus a lot of energy on the stock market and investing.

Categories include U.S. markets, global markets, indices, stocks, commodities and a lot more.

While Reuters is an invaluable information resource to the active investor, there is a risk of information overload and the long-term investor may not be interested in minute-by-minute updates on market movements and economic indicators.

For up to the minute financial news across international exchanges, currency and commodities, MarketWatch...

For up to the minute financial news across international exchanges, currency and commodities, MarketWatch is an essential bookmark.

News feeds are coupled with product reviews, community message boards and commentary by notable industry veterans.

Financial news site from the cable news network. Covers stories across all financial sectors, personal...

Financial news site from the cable news network. Covers stories across all financial sectors, personal finance and politics.

Includes original commentary and discussion in print and video.

Definitions

Offering a large database of terms, Investor Words aims to provide clear and concise definitions. Explanations...

Offering a large database of terms, Investor Words aims to provide clear and concise definitions. Explanations aren't always in depth, but are useful for a quick overview.

The site also offers unique features like a word of the day newsletter, definition slideshows and daily tips.

Based out of the UK, MoneyTerms is particulary useful if your investing in the London exchanges. Definitions...

Based out of the UK, MoneyTerms is particulary useful if your investing in the London exchanges. Definitions are comprehensive and feature wiki style links to other terms within definitions.

Additionally, the site has US to UK and UK to US "translators" to help align financial terms between the United States and the United Kingdom

From general accounting to investing to taxes, if you're looking for a far reaching glossary of financial...

From general accounting to investing to taxes, if you're looking for a far reaching glossary of financial terms, the Finance Glossary has got you covered.

Definitions are concise and are typically presented using examples rather than textbook style definitions. Includes a powerful search that recommends terms as you type.

Online Communities

This site keeps it simple and has a loyal following of members. While some company boards have few...

This site keeps it simple and has a loyal following of members. While some company boards have few posts, many have activity throughout the day. Generally, members are willing to field questions and don't mind introducing new visitors to a company they follow.

Investor Village does have a subscription service for premium features, but a free account is more than enough to get to know the community and begin posting.

Investor hub features both company boards and forums focused on a particular trading methodology. While...

Investor hub features both company boards and forums focused on a particular trading methodology. While not all boards have a lot of activity, the ones that do are usually very active where fast back and forth discussion can get pretty interesting.

The site also features a premium subscription that unlocks certain advanced features.

An active online community with a long history, Raging Bull features company boards categorized by...

An active online community with a long history, Raging Bull features company boards categorized by industry as well as general discussion boards to learn more about certain industry sectors, investing in general and even to discuss sports, politics and life with fellow investors.

The site also features articles written by members that display an advanced knowledge about a certain investment technique or industry.

Learning resources

This site has an ambitious set of tutorials covering investment. While they don't have a lot of window...

This site has an ambitious set of tutorials covering investment. While they don't have a lot of window dressing they are thorough and to the point.

Sections include: Introduction, Accounts & Margin, Options, Municipal and Governement Securities, Retirement and Analysis.

If you're thinking about investing in the markets and are looking for an introduction into the various...

If you're thinking about investing in the markets and are looking for an introduction into the various investment vehicles and strategies, check out MarketWatch's investment help section. Geared to the novice individual investor this series of articles will help you get comfortable with the basics before beginning a more in-depth due diligence.

Sections include: Mutual Funds, Stocks, Bonds, Options, ETFs (Electronically Traded Funds) and Futures.

With well over 50 lessons, Investopedia tutorials is a great place to begin learning about the stock...

With well over 50 lessons, Investopedia tutorials is a great place to begin learning about the stock market.

Tutorials are divided into 4 categories: The Basics, Advanced, Active trading and Retirement.

Whether you're new to investing or have already started to invest and want to advance your knowledge, Investopedia tutorials will have something for you.

Podcasts

Another in the Quick and Dirty Tips series, this podcast deals specifically with investing in the stock...

Another in the Quick and Dirty Tips series, this podcast deals specifically with investing in the stock market, bonds and mutual funds.

If you're looking for clear and concise explanations of investment analysis, methodologies and resources, The Winning Investor should be on your playlist.

Available on iTunes.

This podcast is not focused on investing but instead deals with more basic aspects of your financial...

This podcast is not focused on investing but instead deals with more basic aspects of your financial life such as money management, retirement planning, budgets and more.

If your thinking about investing but still struggling with more immediate financial management responsibilities, give Money Girl: Quick and Dirty Tips for a Richer Life a listen. As the title suggests, it's quick and will help you think about how you deal with money day-to-day.

Available on iTunes.

This investment podcast provides a brief synopsis of the markets over the past few weeks. It's an...

This investment podcast provides a brief synopsis of the markets over the past few weeks. It's an easy way to learn what full time investment professionals are seeing in the markets.

In addition to market overviews, the related political developments and economic news, Fidelity Investment Insights provides background on particular investment instruments they offer.

Books

When investing, often times knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. The Myth...

When investing, often times knowing what not to do is as important as knowing what to do. The Myth of the Rational Market: A History of Risk, Reward, and Delusion on Wall Street is an entertaining, cautionary tale well worth reading.

You won't learn how to invest from this book, but you will begin to gain an understanding of short-term market movements and the risks involved in try to gamble on them.

An investment classic originally published in 1949, the Intelligent Investor's message and methodology...

An investment classic originally published in 1949, the Intelligent Investor's message and methodology has proven true throughout the years. If you're considering getting involved in the markets, this book is a must read. It offers caution, advice and the foundation to begin laying out your investment plan focused on long-term value investing.

The Intelligent Investor has been revised several times and the latest version contains excellent modern day examples provided by Jason Zweig.

By Peter Lynch. As a mutual fund manager for Fidelity, Peter Lynch is arguably the most successful...

By Peter Lynch.

As a mutual fund manager for Fidelity, Peter Lynch is arguably the most successful fund manager around. He focused on value investing, researching companies in person - investigating management, long-term goals and current product line.

While his approach is a full-time job, he does offer excellent insight into his methodology and the importance of value investing as a means to beat wall street (and the markets) so often distracted by short-term profits.