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How do you find personal finance information?

I mean, if you read plonkee money, then hopefully you get some information from here, and there’s always the mighty google, but sometimes you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. Where else do you turn?

The places I go for information depend on the sort of things that I’m looking for.

the best/cheapest financial products

With a full-time staff of five, the impartial and independent moneysavingexpert.com has the resources to find the best savings account rates, the best utility and insurance providers and a whole heap more. If I have something a specific product or service in mind, I’ll check here first to see if they can tell me where the best rates are.

tax rules

Nothing beats hearing it from the horse’s mouth. Unlike some organisations, information provided direct to the public by HMRC is reasonably clear and they make an effort to write in plain English. Sometimes there are jargon problems, though.

benefits, compensation, and other government policies

Direct.gov.uk has great information on all sorts of things, and is my first port of call. It acts as a portal, so will often lead you to other more useful sites.

how tos and opinions

Normally, I search some likely sites on my blogroll. Although most personal finance bloggers are American, if I’m looking for fairly general information, or some basic principles to start off with, or strident opinions that doesn’t much matter. The sites on my blogroll are essentially the ones that I read every day, and I have a reasonable idea bout who might have which information.


BBC all the way. Not without their bias although they aim to be impartial, they do at least make an effort to include international information. The website is easy to navigate and covers the salient information quickly.

anything else

If I’ve exhausted my usual sources, I get my best search skills out and spend time hunting around for the information that I need. Often, if I think it will interest anyone else, I’ll write it up into a post here - the power of knowledge comes in the sharing of it.

How do you find personal finance information? Are there any particular sources that you find yourself using again and again? Let me know in the comments.

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17 comments for “finding personal finance information”

  1. Other than those mentioned by yourself, there is also some good stuff to be found in the newspapers (although admittedly these usually find their way online too), plus there’s always friends and family who are willing to share their experience.

    Posted by Rob Lewis | October 23, 2008, 3:04 pm
  2. I mostly use the sources you’ve listed- the BBC has a great little section called “your money” in their business section. It covers everything from the pros and cons of store cards to pensions to how to ask for a raise.
    It’s all basic but a good place to start.

    Posted by Looby | October 23, 2008, 4:02 pm
  3. As a mortgage advisor I get a lot of my financial information from trade mags. Money Saving expert is a good forum also the house price crash forum is good for investment ideas if a little crazy sometimes.

    Posted by Mortgage Advisor | October 28, 2008, 10:28 am
  4. I use motley fool, they’ve offered quite a bit of useful advice that I still use 15 years later…

    Posted by stocks | October 29, 2008, 4:00 am
  5. Motley Fool forgot about that one, yes always a good source and Money Week.

    Posted by Mortgage Advisor | October 29, 2008, 8:45 am
  6. I am a Finance Manager in large manufacturing unit, I get the financial information from News paper and Magzines. More over Internet is quite an interesting source of getting information relating to economic indicators.

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  7. As far as my work is concerned best source is internet… Nothing match with it

    Posted by Sports Betting | November 2, 2008, 6:01 am
  8. I get most of the information for my decision making from newpapers and magzines. Internet is quite informative too but I rarely need it.

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  9. Usually I end up using Google until I find what I want. I do love the BBC website however.

    Posted by Maggie | November 3, 2008, 7:35 pm
  10. Search Engines like google and yahoo are great source of information. This information is available to as and when required. 24hours a day and seven days a week. There I consult before most of the decision making.

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  15. You could read Monevator, especially if you’re based in the UK and you miss Plonkees updates! :)

    I’m more about investing though.

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