For Seniors: Get Advice about Finances Online

Through the Internet, you can access a wealth of financial information online. You can read financial news, get investment advice, and share financial investment information with others online.

Keep in mind that the quality of information online can vary drastically, and you can’t always believe everything you read. Try to find sites of reputable financial companies you might know from your offline financial dealings, such as Merrill Lynch or Forbes magazine. Also, never give out financial account numbers to anybody via e-mail, even if they claim to be with a reputable company.

There are many reputable resources available to you online, for planning and monitoring your finances.

  • Visit web pages such as Money 101 for simple financial lessons about topics such as setting a budget and planning your retirement, from CNNMoney.

  • Visit a financial planning page, with financial advice organized by age, such as this one from About.com.

  • Search for online publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, or Kiplinger for articles about the latest financial and investing trends.

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  • In the U.S., you’re entitled to order a free credit report from the three major credit reporting organizations every year, and you can order those reports online. Visit AnnualCreditReport.com to get started.

Windows 7 lets you display gadgets (little programs, such as a calculator, that do handy things) on your desktop. Add the Stocks gadget to check stock quotes at a glance.

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