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The sites listed below are helpful for those investors who do not focus on trading individual stocks and would rather set up a comprehensive financial plan or work with a professional financial planner.

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Quicken.com
This all-purpose financial site has excellent content relating to financial planning, mutual funds and retirement.

SmartMoney.com 
This fantastic Web site is loaded with content and interactive tools that you can use in your financial planning.

EfficientFrontier.com
The creator of this homemade, nonprofit site, William J. Bernstein, calls it "an online journal of practical asset allocation" that is "dedicated to investors who wish to acquire portfolio theory and assemble low-cost efficient portfolios on their own." This site is ideal for those investors who wish to invest without the help of a professional advisor but want to build a portfolio of efficient index funds as opposed to buying individual stocks. It features monthly editions, as well as offering the ability to download Mr. Bernstein's book, The Intelligent Asset Allocator: Portfolio Theory for the Small Investor. He makes a strong case for not using actively managed mutual funds. The writing style is scholarly so this site won't be for everyone.

mPowerCafe.com
This site is targeted primarily at beginners as well as those investors whose only real exposure to the stock market is through their 401k at work. Nonetheless, this site provides easy to understand explanations of markets and investing and is ideal for many people who don't have the time or inclination to study investing in depth, but still want a basic understanding of how they should save and plan their financial future.

About.com
Good resource for beginners who want to set up a financial plan.

Checkbook News
Read finance blogs like this one as you work through your planning issues.

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