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These books, along with other titles, can be found in the Reference section of the Library. Click on the cover to view the book in Amazon. Click on the title to go to the record in the Library Online Catalog. Be sure to check the Circulating collection for books you can check out, too.
These databases will be useful to you in your research:
Provides full-text access to over 3.2 million entries from over 400 reference titles
Contains over 130,000 full-text e-books in a wide variety of subjects and disciplines. There is a powerful user interface that includes highlighting, bookmarking and automatic citations.
EBSCOhost is the primary online journal and e-book platform at VFCC. It contains 28 multidisciplinary and subject-specific databases. Be sure to consult Business Source Complete and Regional Business News, as well as e-Books Acaddemic Collection for full-text books.
This collection contains the complete archived holdings of over 1,100 scholarly, full-text journals. New titles and disciplines are added regularly.
Contains full-text documents from over 6,000 news, business, and legal publications.
Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Contains full-text resources on current issues. This online library investigates current issues and topics from a number of perspectives.
Specialized Business Search Engines
Finance Websites - General
Here are some websites that will help as you research various aspects of personal and corporate finance.
Provides links to Fortune, Money and Fortune Small Business magazines, as well as for CNN’s business coverage of financial, business, and industry-specific news for US and world markets
Beginners Guide to Financial Statements
Published by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), this guides is intended to help readers better understand the data in financial reports and how to analyze it.
How to Read Annual Reports
Published by IBM, "this guide provides basic information on how to read the financial statements in a company’s annual report."
Investing information that allows users to look at it based on where they are in their investing life: as a beginner, experienced investor, active trader or preparing for retirement.
Includes information on investing and personal finance covering topics such as stocks, mutual funds, retirement planning, portfolio management, estate planning, taxes, and finding a financial advisor.
Quick MBA: Finance
"An online knowledge resource for business administration."
Corporate and Company Research Websites
Please also see the Government Websites section. *Remember to consult the official websites of individual companies and corporations.
"CrocTail provides an interface for browsing information parsed from SEC filings about several hundred thousand U.S. publicly traded corporations and their foreign subsidiaries."
Covers almost two million non-profit organizations registered with the IRS. Data is obtained from IRS Form 990. Requires freee registration; some data requires subscription.
Hoover's Companies A-Z
This free version of the D&B subscription-based database, Hoover's, provides basic "insight and analysis about top companies, industries and people."
The organizational charts for the worlds largest corporations. This is the free portion. In-depth information is fee-based.
"The Public Register provides free annual reports of public companies trading on the NYSE, NASDAQ, AMEX, OTC and TSX exchanges." You must register but it is free.
Search the full-text of a company's filing by keyword. Email alert service allows you to monitor filings from specific companies. "The best of EDGAR."
"Find industrial product AND company information from around the world in one place." Basic information.
Thomas Register (ThomasNet)
"Search ThomasNet to find manufacturers, distributors and service providers - from Actuators to Zirconium and everything in between."
Track changes to a company's website. This archive has close to one hundred billion "old" web pages. Search by a site's URL.
Stocks and Bonds
The following websites relate soley to the United States:
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
FINRA provides comprehensive market data on equities, options and a wide range of bonds. It also helps investors build their financial knowledge and provides them with essential tools to better understand the markets and basic principles of saving and investing.
Investor Tips from the SEC
Tips and publications that help users to "invest wisely and avoid costly mistakes and fraud." It also has suggestions on doing research, interactive tools to look at mutual funds and publicly traded companies, information on filing complaints, and links to other investor education sites.
Historical quotes back to 1970 available via ticker symbol search.
Quotes and analytical reports for over 16,000 mutual funds and stocks. Mutual fund reports include the Star Rating.
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
The American Stock Exchange (AMEX)has been acquired by NYSE Euronext.
The mission of CCIM is to be the leading authority for commercial real estate through networking, education and technology.
National Real Estate Investor
National Real Estate Investor is the leading authority on commercial real estate trends.
EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system)
"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."
A Congressionally chartered secondary mortgage lender offering industry news, pricing on mortgage backed securities and debt instruments as well as market for Fannie Mae owned homes.
Federal Housing Finance Agency
Regulates the Federal Home Loan Banks.
Federal Reserve Statistical Release
Provides daily interest rates for selected U.S. Treasury and private money market and capital market instruments. Is updated weekly and includes up to 30 years of historical data on selected items.
The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation is Congressionally chartered and charged with increasing the availability of funds to mortgage lenders throught mortgage purchases, guarantees and securitization. Offers consumer guidance on investing in a home and facilitiates loan orginations and workouts.
Agency that guarantees mortgages for sale in the secondary markets. Provides resources for prospective homeowners, issues mortgage backed securities and REMICs and multiclass securities.
Housing & Urban Development
Cabinet level agency charged with promoting homeownership, community development and combating housing discrimination. Offers consumer information for buying, selling and financing homes. Sources for research and data in reports and periodicals on rental and ownership housing markets, policy, homelessness, construction techniques, taxes and assisted housing.
International Standard Industrial Classification of All Economic Activities
Similar to the NAICS, this is an international industrial classification system promulgated by the United Nations.
Library of Congress Business Reference Services
The Library of Congress Business Reference Services offers a subject guide to online Business reference sources.
Monthly Statement of the Public Debt of the United States
Monthly data for treasury bills, notes, and other federal securities. Tables include a description of the security, issue date, amount, and date of final maturity. For more data related to federal bills, notes, and bonds visit the Bureau of the Public Debt.
North American Industry Classification System (NAICS)
"The North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) is the standard used by Federal statistical agencies in classifying business establishments for the purpose of collecting, analyzing, and publishing statistical data related to the U.S. business economy."
Standard Industrial Classification (SIC)
The SIC codes have been replaced by the NAICS, but are still referenced.
U.S. Bureau of the Census: Business and Industry
Trends in business are reflected in the vast number of surveys the Census conducts. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)
The primary mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to protect investors and maintain the integrity of the securities markets. The SEC requires public companies to disclose meaningful financial and other information to the public.
Here are some finance associations and organizations that may be of interest to you:
American Business Women's Association (ABWA)
To bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership; education, networking support and national recognition.
American Finance Association
The premier academic organization devoted to the study and promotion of knowledge about financial economics
American Real Estate Society (ARES)
An association of real estate thought leaders. Members are drawn from academia and the profession at large, both in the United States and internationally. The Society is dedicated to producing and disseminating knowledge related to real estate decision making and the functioning of real estate markets.
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) serves a network of more than 16,000 treasury and finance professionals. It provides members with breaking news, economic research and data on the evolving world of treasury and finance.
Financial Management Association
The Financial Management Association International (FMA) is the global leader in developing and disseminating knowledge about financial decision making. FMA's members include academicians and practitioners worldwide
Financial Planning Association
The FPA is the leadership and advocacy organization connecting those who provide, support and benefit from professional financial planning
Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowshhip in America
"To reach men everywhere for Jesus Christ, taking particular note that in many instances men can reach others of their same social, cultural or business interests more readily than anyone else."
National Real Estate Investors Association
A non-profit trade association serving the real estate industry for over twenty years