Resources

Personal finance

www.nchc.org: The National Coalition on Health Care site has great information about the rising cost of health care and is non-partisan. It represents groups that encompass 150 million Americans.

www.ebri.org: The Employee Benefit Research Institute has lots of research available about employee benefit topics such as 401(k) plans. It does not lobby or advocate for any proposals.

Real estate information

indorgs.virginia.edu/portico/personalproperty.html: State-by-state index of real estate records. After you click on the state you want, the site takes you to a county listing, which then takes you to the local property ownership database. Invaluable for finding the appraised tax value of a home.

Legal information

www.abanet.org/home.html: The American Bar Association home page has a lawyer locator service, as well as links to specialty organizations such as minority lawyer and female lawyer groups.

www.lawyersandsettlements.com: Information about class action lawsuits filed against dozens of industries can be found here. Also has a pending list of litigation that can be helpful for industry reporters.

Consumer and labor-related sites

activistcash.com: Profiles anti-consumer activist groups, along with information about the sources of their exorbitant funding. Breaks them up among activist groups, foundations, celebrities and major individual players in the activist community.

www.aflcio.org: The nation’s largest labor union. Nice information on workers’ rights, as well as a state-by-state economic snapshot that reviews issues such as poverty, health care coverage and state budget issues.

Regulatory information

www.publicrecordsources.com: Does not provide the public record itself, but it does point you to the agency that houses the record you need (it’s got more than 650 listings by state and county). Public Records Sources also informs you of access procedures and restrictions, search fees and more. However, if the agency offers free online access you can link to that site.

Wall Street

www.aimr.org: The CFA Institute is an international, nonprofit organization of more than 50,000 investment practitioners and educators in more than 100 countries. Good information on investment professionals, such as pay.

www.nyse.com: Home page of NYSE Euronext. Provides access to market and historical data, charts and tools.

Industry and sector information

agriculture.einnews.com: News and information about the agriculture industry. Has links to specific agriculture news sources.

www.aha.org: Home site of the American Hospital Association. Also has links to state, regional and metropolitan hospital organizations. Also lots of good background statistics and information on the hospital industry, as well as a hospital locator function.

Business-related sites

www.seekingalpha.com: Transcripts of earnings conference calls for most public companies. The transcripts can be invaluable if you’re covering several earnings in one day.

www.annualreportservice.com: A free site that provides annual reports for public companies. You need to register to access this site, but it does have access to thousands of annual reports.

Economic data and resources

minneapolisfed.org/bb: Archive maintained by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve on the Beige Book. The Beige Book is released two weeks prior to each FOMC meeting eight times per year. Each Federal Reserve bank gathers anecdotal information on current economic conditions in its district through reports from bank and branch directors and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources., The Beige Book summarizes this information by district and sector.