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PUBLISHED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 16 April, 2012, 12:00am


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Sites for independent investment information (by asset class)

This site is especially useful for finding fixed-income instruments that suit your needs. It is sponsored by the Bond Market Association and objectively features commentary, news and data on US bonds of almost every type, agency and corporate issuer: treasuries, municipals, zero coupons and more. Extensive sections teach novice investors every aspect of bonds, from how they are put together to how they are traded. And every type of bond market is well explained so investors can understand the issuers and relevant indices.

The search for yield also includes preferred stocks, exchange traded income, debt securities and convertible bonds. This site boasts a database covering every segment. Although it only features a short lesson on preferred stock investing, there is plenty of information on historical payout ratios, dividend payments and more. It covers a huge array of data comprising every income stock and security traded on any US exchange. It can verify recommendations and information from your financial adviser.

Investors seeking to exploit the US real estate downturn by investing in real estate investment trusts (REITs) and income producing vehicles can reference this site, which is produced by the National Association of REITs. It provides basic information on how to invest in REITs, covering diversification, dividends and types of assets. The database includes publicly traded and private REITs. The site includes a glossary of industry terms. Before you buy a property in the US, check out this site first to see what's available in the securities market.