The stock market can be intimidating. Getting help with financial planning and investments can be costly. Who do you trust, how much do you invest, when is the right time, how much do you need to start? Even DIY investing can be costly because of the fees associated with research sites. But, you can get started today with FREE resources available at Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. All you need is your library card.
Access online investment resources for FREE
With your library card, you have access to several online resources to help you get started with smart investing.
Marketscope Advisor (CFRA) provides independent, differentiated and actionable analysis to help you make better investment and business decisions. Includes S&P Global’s Equity and Fund Research business, a leading provider of independent research and commentary with offerings focused on stocks, ETFs and mutual funds as well as sectors and industries.
Mergent Online is an electronic database that is easy to use and has global business and financial data for companies worldwide.
Morningstar Investment Research Center offers real-time investment research; access to financial information about publicly traded companies, company contact information, company profiles and analyst reports; and industry peer comparisons.
Value Line Investment Survey offers advice on which stocks to buy, hold and sell. Access investment advice on stocks, industries, mutual funds, options and convertibles.
Learn from professionals at library programs
The Library offers free programs throughout the year, helping everyone get smart about personal finances.
These AARP sessions will give you a good handle on where you stand financially, plus simple, hands-on ways to make measurable progress toward your financial goals:
- AARP - Living Longer Living Smarter: Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Sugar Creek Library
- AARP - Living Longer Living Smarter: Saturday, March 7, 2020 - 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Plaza Midwood Library
And keep an eye out for Money Smart Week April 4-11, 2020, when Charlotte Mecklenburg Library will join libraries and financial institutions across the country to offer financial-themed storytimes for children and free personal finance programs for adults.
Check out some useful reading materials
In addition to the online resources and programs, the Library offers FREE investment e-magazines, magazines, periodicals and books. Access The Economist, Forbes and Entrepreneur in magazine or e-magazine formats. Check out books like The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need by Andrew Tobias and The Handy Investing Answer Book by Paul Tucci for expert tips and tricks to make the best of your personal finances. Find these and more investment titles in our catalog.