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Searching for the Best Internet Investing Sites

Question: How many personal finance websites do you think there are on the World Wide Web?

Answer: nearly 4,100, according to The Nielsen Company.

Question: How many good ones are there?

Answer: Far, far fewer according to one study.

Finance Websites That Work

In a study published this March, by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, Kimberly Blanton searches for the “finance websites that work.”

Blanton, a one-time Boston Globe reporter, now a writer for the Financial Security Project at BC splits the successful sites into three broad categories: financial data aggregators, financial decision tools, and personal finance communities. For each she selects a few of the most successful and searches for patterns behind their success. Continue reading

Mint, Anyone?

A guest blog by Jenny Hollingworth

(photo:Jing a Ling)

If I were leaving for college next week (and oh how I wish I were!) how much better my student money, or lack of it, might be managed second time around, with the help of Mint.com.

Hip 19-year-olds are already talking about it, alongside Facebook and Twitter and all the other must-have-at-my-fingertips websites and apps. (The site now has 4 million users.) Ten minutes spent tapping your information into the Mint.com website, and you can have instant access to the state of your finances. All at once, you can see how much you have in the bank, how much you owe, how much you’re over budget already, and why you really should spend what’s left on textbooks rather than iTunes.

But now that I’ve grown into the kind of person who pays her bills on time and reliably remembers to call her mother, can Mint really be trusted? And what can it do for me? Continue reading