Frank Horton, CFP®
Friday, June 22, 2018
Taking the Worry Out of Your Financial Future
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Frank Horton, CFP®
221 Twin Oaks Drive
Oneonta, AL 35121
(P) 205.274.7327
(F) 205.274.7323
 
 
 
 
 
Helpful Links
 
Click on the links below for resources you might find helpful.

AUTO

 
Car Buying Tips - Free info on buying new and used cars, leasing, and avoiding auto scams.
 
CarFax - See the history of the car you are considering (VIN required).

Edmund's Publications
- Consumer information experts. Easily run comparisons on new and used vehicles.

Fighting Chance
- For $34.95, you receive complete pricing data on the vehicle you're considering, plus its records in the market place, available cash incentives, negotiating tips, and access to a "live" purchasing coach.

Intellichoice Online Car Center
- Automotive research and comparisons.

J. D. Power & Associates
- Automotive marketing research.

Kelley Blue Book
- New and used vehicle pricing reports.

RoadLoans
- Competitive rates on financing for new and used cars (refinancing, too).
 

  
BANKING
 
FDIC - Check to see if your bank is FDIC insured or if it is in trouble.
 

 
EDUCATION
 
Finaid - A comprehensive site that covers all aspects of financial aid.
 
National Center for Education Statistics - Information on the past three years of college/university costs.
 
Sallie Mae - Calculators for estimating college costs, savings needs, and student loan payments, as well as a great deal of financial aid and scholarship information.
 

 
INCOME TAX
 
IRS - The Internal Revenue Service website with information on forms, publications, and frequently asked questions. 
 

 
INVESTMENTS - DISCOUNT BROKERS
 
Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. - Discount broker.
 
TD Ameritrade - View account balances, market news, and other services offered by the discount broker.
 

 
INVESTMENTS - FINANCIAL NEWS & QUOTES
 
Bloomberg - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
 
CBS MarketWatch - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
 
CNN Financial News - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
 
InvestorGuide - Comprehensive stock research tool. "Tools" tab provides links to other sites.
 
Money Central - Financial market news and stock/mutual fund quotes.
 
Yahoo - Keep track of your overall portfolio and get detailed charts on your individual stocks and bonds.
 

 
INVESTMENTS - INVESTOR EDUCATION
 
Investorwords - This site is a database of more than 5000 key investment terms, plus some 15,000 links related to words and concepts.
 
Motley Fool - Online calculators and information to help answer basic questions.
 
SEC Investor Education - Online calculators, broker and/or advisor information, investor alerts, plus links to other government sites.
 

 
INVESTMENTS - MUTUAL FUNDS
 
Fund Alarm- Stay abreast of significant changes influencing the people behind the funds, and receive email alerts whenever a fund you own announces a key development.
 
IndexFunds - A resources on the use of index funds, or passive investing, versus conventional, actively managed mutual funds.
 
Morningstar - This company is well-known for its mutual fund star rating system, and has many useful research and analysis tools.
 
Mutual Fund Education Alliance - A large source of mutual fund news and information, plus daily price info and one-, five-, and ten-year annualized returns.
 

 
INVESTMENTS - PUBLICATIONS
 
Forbes - Online edition of Forbes magazine.
 
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine - Magazine plus calculators, investor education, and more.
 
Smart Money - The Wall Street Journal's money website.
 

 
MORTGAGES/REAL ESTATE
 
Bankrate.com - Mortgage calculator and basic information.
 
Eloan - Compare loans, quotes, calculators.
 
Realtor Sites - Customized searches by city, mortgage information, and glossary.
 
Reverse.org - Created by the nonprofit National Center for Home Equity, this website offers consumers an independent resource that allows for true comparison shopping of various reverse mortgage programs. It also has a great deal of basic information and FAQs that everyone should ask but rarely does.
 

 
SMART SPENDING
 
Consumer Reports Magazine - Informational articles and product recalls are free on this site (subscription required for full online version).
 
The Dollar Stretcher Tips - Free online newspaper full of tips, hints, stories, and links for living better for less.