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BigCharts

http://bigcharts.marketwatch.com/

“BigCharts is the world’s most comprehensive and easy-to-use investment research Web site, providing access to professional-level research tools such as interactive charts, quotes, industry analysis and intraday stock screeners, as well as market news and commentary. These tools combine with a graphical interface and our intuitive navigation to make your research experience productive, entertaining and fun. Best of all, BigCharts is a free service supported entirely by our site sponsors.”–From the website.

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College Scorecard

http://www.whitehouse.gov/issues/education/higher-education/college-score-card

From the White House Blog:  “The interactive College Scorecard gives students and families five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and employment.”  Users can search by name, location, type of college, area of interest or other popular criteria.

Where’s My Refund

https://sa1.www4.irs.gov/irfof/lang/en/irfofgetstatus.jsp

Go to this IRS website to find out the status of your refund.

America’s Most Expensive Zip Codes

http://www.forbes.com/2010/09/27/most-expensive-zip-codes-2010-lifestyle-real-estate-zip-codes-10-rank.html

Forbes Magazine offers this list of the most expensive zip codes in America, where $4 million homes are the norm.

Bankruptcy Statistics — Interactive Map

http://www.uscourts.gov/News/TheThirdBranch/BAPCPAmap.aspx

The United States Courts offers this interactive map where bankruptcy statistics or each state.

International Monetary Fund : Financial Access Survey Database

http://fas.imf.org/

“The “Access to Finance” Project (the Project) aims at collecting annual geographic and demographic data on access to basic consumer financial services worldwide. This is done through the identification and development of appropriate high quality data that are comparable across countries and over time collected by means of periodic surveys.”–From the website.

 
 

Where’s My Refund?

http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96596,00.html

“Refund information for the most current tax year that you filed will generally be available 72 hours after we acknowledge receipt of your e-filed return, or three to four weeks after mailing a paper return”–From this IRS Website.  From here on this site you can check the current status of your refund.

StopFraud.gov : Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

http://www.stopfraud.gov/

“The task force is improving efforts across the government and with state and local partners to investigate and prosecute significant financial crimes, ensure just and effective punishment for those who perpetrate financial crimes, recover proceeds for victims and address financial discrimination in the lending and financial markets”–From the Website.   Financial fraud can be reported from here.

National Association of Unclaimed Property Adminsitrators (NAUPA) : Free Search For Money That Might Be Due You

http://www.unclaimed.org/

The NAUPA is a non-profit organization affiliated with the National Association of State Treasurers and Council of State Governments and helps to find owners of unclaimed property and funds in all states and helps protected forgotten funds until claimed.  Here you can search for the unclaimed property and funds tht might belong to you  in every state you have lived in.

Haiti Relief Donations Qualify for Immediate Tax Relief

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=218678,00.html?portlet=7

Information here from the IRS on a new law that allows immediate tax relief for donations made to Haiti relief organizations.

Tax Season 2010

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=217826,00.html

News releases, fact sheets, tax tips and YouTube video and podcasts from the IRS and relating to the 2010 tax filing season are available here.

Homefair.com

http://www.homefair.com/index.asp?cid=homefair

This site provides a moving calculator, salary calculator, a lifestyle optimizer, city reports, school reports, and more.  It is a very helpful site for anyone relocating to another city or who wants to find information about cities in the U. S.

BBB Tips For Reducing Junk Mail

http://memphis.bbb.org/article/bbb-tips-for-reducing-junk-mail-12752

The Memphis Better Business Bureau offers some tips on reducing junk mail.  Some websites and telephone numbers are given here that consumers can use to stop unsolicited junk mail from coming to their homes, as well as some other helpful information.

FedSpending.org

http://fedspending.org/

“On Dec. 2, 2009, a new database of Recovery Act data was released on FedSpending.org. Available under the “Recovery” tab, this database allows searching over 160,000 reports from recipients of almost $159 billion in Recovery Act contracts, grants, and loans awarded between Feb. 17 and Sept. 30.”–From the Website.