Nearly all of us are concerned about how safe our investments are, particularly after recent news about the failure of IndyMac Bank.  Business Librarian Roslyn Donald of the San Mateo Main Library recommends two free sources for bank ratings – at , and Bauer Financial at .  Both of these sites offer a quick rating to assess a bank’s stability.  Roslyn notes that if you want more than a quickie rating, and can read a balance sheet, check out the FDIC BankFind .  “It provides complete financials, a historical profile and demographic information for all US banks.


Your Alameda County Library branches also have several recently published works on investments that you might well want to borrow.  Some of these are:


“Easy Money : How to Simplify Your Finances and Get What You Want Out Of Life” by Liz Pulliam Weston, c2008.  332.025 WESTON


“Grow Your Money! : 101 Easy Tips to Plan, Save, And Invest” by Jonathan D. Pond, c2008.  332.024 POND 


“The Investor’s Dilemma “How Mutual Funds Are Betraying Your Trust and What to Do About It” by Louis Lowenstein, c2008.  332.6327 LOWENSTEIN


“The Road to Wealth : A Comprehensive Guide To Your Money : Everything You Need to Know in Good and Bad Times” by Suze Orman, the new 2008 edition of her standard work. 332.025 ORMAN


And let’s not overlook Business and Investments databases available to users of the Alameda County Library System.  These can be accessed by logging on to, then locating the heading “Research Guide”, and the clicking on the bulleted entry “Business & Investments”.  Some of these databases available to you are:


Morningstar – containing Morningstar’s premier content including independent opinions on stocks and mutual funds, as well as screeners and a Portfolio X-Ray to help you make solid investment decisions.  (Your library card number is required for home access.)

InvestorGuide – top financial news, currency rates, stocks, mutual funds, IPO’s, quotes and charts.

American Association of Individual Investors – Education, tips and investment insights from the American Association of Individual Investors. Searchable.