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'B' is for business

July 1, 2002
I hope that you enjoyed the collection of sites I presented in last month's column and have used them to research or buy a new or used car.

By Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD

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I hope that you enjoyed the collection of sites I presented in last month's column and have used them to research or buy a new or used car. Hopefully, the information on these sites helped you to save money on your car purchases. Now, what are you going to do with that money you saved?

By now, I hope you realize that there is a whole universe out there waiting for you to explore. The Internet can be a powerful and profitable tool that can open up volumes of timely - and often free - information in the world of finance.

With a few clicks of your mouse, you can gather the latest in financial news, research reports on companies, read about retirement or college planning, view up-to-the-minute stock and mutual fund quotes, trade securities on the Web, gather performance data on any stock or mutual fund you wish to investigate, check out the latest in interest rates for CDs and loans, and more.

Some outstanding financial sites are on the Web. They can provide you with excellent news, research, and articles on a variety of subjects. Some of my favorite sites are:

  • Forbes: www.forbes.com
  • Quicken: www.quicken.com
  • SmartMoney: www.smartmon ey .com
  • CBS Marketwatch: www.cbs marketwatch.com
  • Yahoo Finance: www.finance. yahoo.com
  • MSN Money: www.moneycen tral. msn.com
  • Kiplinger: www.kiplinger.com
  • CNN-Money: www.money. cnn.com
  • Motley Fool: www.motleyfool. com
  • Wallstreet City: www.wall streetcity.com
  • Investorguide: www.in vestor guide.com
  • Bloomberg: www.bloomberg. com

For those who are interested in pursuing more than just basic information and want more significant information in the world of stock trading, access these sites:

  • Brill: www.brill.com
  • Hoovers: www.hoovers.com
  • Big Charts: www.bigcharts. com
  • Schwab: www.schwab.com
  • Zack's: www.zacks.com
  • All Stocks: www.allstocks.com
  • Morningstar: www.morning star .com
  • Online Investor: www.invest help.com
  • Wallstreet Research: www. wsrn .com
  • Daily Stocks: www.daily stocks.com
  • Market Guide: www.market guide.com
  • Free Edgar: www.freeed gar.com

These 24 sites are just the tip of the iceberg of what is available in financial cyberspace. We are all dental practitioners and provide outstanding care for our patients. We also are all small business owners and need to have an understanding of how to manage our finances.

I hope that these sites will be useful if you decide to use cyberspace to do financial research and online investing. One caveat: be careful! The "game" of finance was a lot of fun in the late 1990s. It has become a great deal more difficult over the past few years. Do your homework and make intelligent decisions. Good luck!

Jeffrey B. Dalin, DDS, FACD, FAGD, FICD, practices general dentistry in St. Louis. He also is the editor of St. Louis Dentistry Magazine and spokesman and critical-issue-response-team chairman for the Greater St. Louis Dental Society. His address on the Internet is www.dfdasmiles.com. Contact him by email at [email protected], by phone at (314) 567-5612, or by fax at (314) 567-9047.

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