These days there is a tremendous amount of information to be had electronically, by way of the internet; everything from helpful information to scams. All it takes is a little research and imagination to unearth some treasures.
Starting with Amazon, there are paperbacks such as ‘Personal Finance for Dummies’, Personal Finance For Dummies: Eric Tyson: 9781118117859: Amazon.com: Books or ‘Investing for Dummies’, http://www.amazon.com/Investing-For-Dummies-Eric-Tyson/dp/047090545X/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1362446173&sr=8-7&keywords=finances+for+dummies for the serious or not-so-serious novice.
There are also reputable websites that provide free information, such as the well-regarded Morningstar, Mutual Fund Ratings, Research, Best Mutual Funds, Growth Fund Ratings, Performance, Closed End Funds, No Load Funds | Morningstar or Motley Fool, Fool.com: Stock Investing Advice | Stock Research, whose mission is to “help the world invest better”.
For those seeking personal delivery of information rather than going to a website there is the financial e-letter, with a host of benefits and annoyances, chief of which is the endless advertising and enticements of opportunities and riches. The e-letter may flatter the reader for having the taste to read on, or suggest mediocrity and failure unless certain actions are taken.
Be aware of big red printed letters, implications the world will end or other scare tactics with the purpose to induce buying a subscription. It is all part of an industry dependant on publishing sales but some letters also seek to teach and to inform. So after taking some time and becoming comfortable with the publisher a purchase might then be considered.
Several e-letters can be requested from the Oxford Club consistently rated highly by a publication rating financial letters Hulbert Financial Digest. The free e-letters are from two related publications, Investment U (university) and Wealthy Retirement.
The last two free financial e-letters are DailyWealth and Growth Stock Wire from Stansberry & Associates Investment Research, which has given a stated goal to be the best investment publication available. In so doing, a good deal of information is given freely but not without controversy. There is a lot of unabashed and justified advertising as well. Of course there are numerous web sites and other free e-letters and this is only a sampling.