There is no one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Fortunately, though, many free, online sites now can assist with the relevant value clarifications and financial calculations. Five of the best are cited in this issue.
Whether your goal is to pay off debt, buy a nice car, get long-term health care, attain a million dollar portfolio, pay for your kids' college expenses, afford a big house, retire, or all of the above, you'll find help with calculating how to manage it with one or more of these superior investment web sites:
- CNBC on MSN Money
- Thomson Investor Network
- Yahoo! Finance
Each of the above sites not only offers practical tools for such calculation but many other investment-related services, all completely free. Each also has been recently recommended as a top web site for investors by both the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) and "Forbes," in its latest "Forbes Favorites" issue.