The Top 3 Financial News Websites
3 Sites for… Learning About Finances
Figure out how to control your finances no matter what your situation at LearnVest.com. Geared toward women, the informational site provides financial guidance for all life stages, like if you're buying a home, saving for graduate school or just want to become better at budgeting. If you're brand new to saving, check out the "Financial Basics" section, which covers the major topics, like investing, taxes, credit and loans, or opt in to receive their daily newsletter—meant to be read in 2 minutes or less—covering a wide variety of topics and how-tos. Other useful features: A customized action plan, budgeting tool and financial boot camps.
Planet Orange, an ING Direct site, helps kids get started on the right foot when it comes to spending and saving. Designed for children in 1st through 6th grades, the site provides fun and engaging ways for kids to understand the value of a dollar—like a "mission" to space where they encounter activities based on setting a budget and saving for the future. Kids can test their smarts by completing quizzes to earn space badges, and parents can get involved by checking out the Parent Center.
Teens will find learning about money easy at TheMint.org, which breaks down finances into easy-to-understand pieces. Everything from starting salaries to balancing work and school and explaining the stock market is covered—enhanced with charts, quizzes and calculators. Once your teen thinks she knows her stuff, she can test her smarts by taking one of the site's challenges. Their glossary provides quick definitions for financial terms—ideal for teens with short attention spans.
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