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Got a money question? We've got the answer just a few clicks away.
Thanks to the magic of the Internet (and the depth and breadth of the corner we've carved out here at Fool.com), you're just seconds away from tackling those looming financial tasks once and for all.
Everywhere you turn -- in our feature articles, help centers, on the discussion boards, in blogs, and out in the community -- help awaits. That's true whether you need to get out of debt, start investing, perfect your investing style, or decide what to do with that million dollars you just inherited. (Just let me know if this last one is you, so that I can help you spell my name and properly address the check.)
In short, Fool.com is an all-access pass to financial literacy.
Ready! Set! Where to?
We recognize that Fool.com is a pretty big place, and we know the wealth of information can be a lot to take in at first. So, without further ado, here is a list of parts of the site that every Fool should know.
Our investor-intelligence community rates stocks on a scale of one to five stars, and the participants themselves are weighted according to their accuracy. Thus, a successful CAPS member's opinions are worth more than, oh, certain Wall Street names we could mention. CAPS is an amazing tool for organizing a mock portfolio, tracking a real portfolio, taking advantage of the wisdom of crowds, or just keeping an eye on the "experts." Add this tool to your research process when vetting stocks, or use it to screen for interesting ideas. For example, our preset screen for top-rated dividend stocks recently returned 125 companies, including General Electric (NYSE: GE ) , Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ ) , Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG ) , and Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO ) .
2. Message boards
You name it, and we have a board for it! Whether you're curious about mechanical investing, want to know the best way to get out of debt, need advice on tax strategies, or want to indulge in some car talk – or, for that matter, if you just want to discuss your pets – we're proud to say we've got some of the most vibrant, active, intelligent message boards on the Tubes.
3. TMF Investing Wiki
We're working to create the world's greatest investing encyclopedia, and you're welcome to join us – whether you have expertise to share, or need a place to learn. In keeping with our general Foolish philosophy, we've tried to make the wiki an entertaining, uncomplicated source of information on everything financial.
4. Investing Basics
Exactly what it sounds like. Now is an especially good time to start investing (or expand on what you're already doing), with companies such as Disney (NYSE: DIS ) , eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY ) , and Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN ) appearing cheaper than they've been in years. All three companies are trading at prices at least 10% lower than their stock price five years ago, yet each has grown its bottom line by at least 10% annually over that time period. Before you go on a shopping spree, you'll want to understand the fundamentals of investing in these stocks and balancing your portfolio. Our Investing Basics section will take you through the process and get you on firm footing.
No matter what your financial priorities, the first and most important step is to know where your money goes. Mint.com, a partner with The Motley Fool, is a free, online personal finance service that makes the process painless – dare we say, even easy . It'll track your purchases, alert you to any unusual spending, help you create a budget that works for you, and even try to find you a lower-interest credit card. The more of the process you can automate, the more time you can spend on your big goals, like retirement, buying a house, or total world domination.
That's only a sampler of the multitude of offerings at Fool.com, and we hope it'll give you a good place to start. Jump right in -- there's always room for one more Fool!