Investing, Finance & Being A Smart Consumer is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education. Whether you are buying a home, balancing your checkbook, or investing in your 401(k), the resources on can help you maximize your financial decisions.
Consumer protection basics… plain and simple.
FINRA is the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.  FINRA is dedicated to investor protection and market integrity through effective and efficient regulation of the securities industry FINRA is an independent, not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the securities industry operates fairly and honestly.  FINRA provides investors with tools and resources that can help them make wise financial decisions.

International Monetary Fund eLibrary 
The International Monetary Fund's (IMF) eLibrary simplifies analysis and research with direct access to the IMF’s periodicals, books, working papers and studies, and data and statistical tools. You will find information and perspective on macroeconomics, globalization, development, trade and aid, technical assistance, demographics, emerging markets, policy advice, poverty reduction, and so much more.  
An online resource from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  Learn basics, do research, avoid scams.

Money Chimp:
A fun site that has some great overviews of the stock market plus other financial and economic topics. Try the "Chimp-a-go-go" where you can click to learn something random everyday!

Big Charts:
Big Charts offers company and industry information, interactive charts and news services, and historical quotes (for non-defunct companies). This site also offers lists of the best and worst performing industries based on stock price percent changes. A great free resource for building comparative charts of stocks and indices.

CNN Money
Billing itself as the "internet home of Fortune and Money" magazine, among others, the CNN Money site covers all of the markets and provides numerous tutorials and overviews of finance-related topics.

Yahoo! Finance
Yahoo! Finance is a fairly straightforward site to turn to for easy-to-manipulate stock information, including historical coverage and the ability to compare across companies and/or indices.


Stock Info

Stock Basics from
A good place to learn the basics of stocks from what they are to how they're traded. (some free)
Bloomberg provides financial news and data through its proprietary, stand-alone Bloomberg Terminal. Full access to Bloomberg data offers coverage of almost every kind of financial data out there, not just stock information.

Individual exchanges and indices also have information on their sites. Here are some examples:

New York Stock Exchange

Standard & Poor's indices (some free)