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Best Investing and Financial Services Websites

The Washington Post reports Kiplinger’s picks for 2008 best investing and financing services websites…

Bonds: InvestinginBonds.com   A one-stop shop, this free site provides historical prices and call information for specific issues, plus a wealth of market data.

Stocks and funds: Morningstar.com   For copious commentary and statistics on both stocks and funds, this site is hard to top. The juicy stuff will cost you $159 per year for a premium membership.

Credit reports: AnnualCreditReport.com   Forget the copycat sites. This is the official web site where you can get a free report from each of the three credit bureaus once a year.

Credit score: myFICO.com   Buy your score from one credit bureau for $15.95 or from all three for $47.85. Plus get advice on how to raise your score, and use the site’s EZ Error Correct system to dispute mistakes.

Tax calculator: Kiplinger.com   If you got a tax refund, give yourself a pay raise by using the easy tax-withholding calculator (Kiplinger.com/tools/withholding).

Social Security calculator: ssa.gov/estimator   Type your name, Social Security number, birth date, birthplace and mother’s name into this secure site, and it will show your estimated benefits based on your up-to-date earnings record.

Health Insurance: eHealthInsurance.com   Provides immediate quotes for most major health insurers and compares policies. For personalized attention, call 800-977-8860 or find a local broker through www.nahu.org

Health Insurance: CoverageForAll.org   Offers strategies for finding coverage, especially for people with medical conditions or modest incomes.

Medicare: Medicare.gov   Chock-full of detailed information about Medicare, with excellent tools to help you pick the best Part D plan or Medicare Advantage policy based on your specific medications and health condition.

Life Insurance: AccuQuote.com   An easy way to get term-insurance rates from many of the top companies. Call 800-442-9899 for personalized help, especially if you have a medical condition.

Life Insurance: Insure.com   Use this site to see the detailed criteria you must meet to qualify for each company’s term-insurance rates.

Auto Insurance: InsWeb.com   Lets you compare price quotes from several major insurers (the number varies by state). Also a good resource for money-saving tips on every kind of insurance. For personal help, contact an agent through the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America.

Homeowners Insurance: AccuCoverage.com   For a fee of $7.95 you can calculate how much coverage you need. Plug in data about your home’s age, building materials and other details and get an immediate estimate of its replacement cost.

Insurance Customer Service: Naic.org/cis   The National Association of Insurance Commissioners maintains complaint records for each insurer in every state. Focus on the complaint ratio: the number of complaints for every dollar the insurer collects in premiums.

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