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BANKING
 
Additional Resources
 
This database enables you to search essential banking industry publications for information about the financial services industry, banking and industry trends.
 
Provides comprehensive statistics on the banking, investment, and insurance industries.
 
Provides comprehensive statistics on the , real estate and rental and leasing industries.
 
Includes banking news, consumer information, and banking laws and regulation.
 
Includes publications, reports as well as statistics issued by the International Monetary Fund.
 
Traveler databases offer magazines, books, encyclopedias, and other resources to all Arkansas residents. Research current events, science, business, health, notable people, hobbies, and much more from your library, school, home or office.  Ask how to access Traveler at your college/university, public library or school.
 
General Services Administration offers consumer information to a wide range of subjects. Its section on Money includes information on fair credit reporting and debt collection laws, and investing and financial planning.
 
The Treasury Department offers links to many banking and money related agencies, such as:
 
 
Offers publications, proceedings and programs as well as statistics issued by the World Bank.
 
Federal Reserve Banks
 
Contains archive of approximately previous 6 months releases as well as current releases. Includes access to FRB Statistical weekly releases H.3; H.4.1; H6, H.8 H.10 and H.15; Monthly releases G.5 G.17 G.19; and Quarterly release Z.1. Includes the Beige Book.
 
FRB St. Louis operates FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), a site which includes economic research papers and other FRB indexes, statistics and series.
 
Foreign Exchange Rates
 
Yahoo currency converter
 
Provides monthly exchange rates for selected currencies, issued by Federal Reserve Board.
 
Provides weekly exchange rates for selected currencies, issued by Federal Reserve Board.
 
Currency exchanges rates for 164 different currencies from January 1, 1990 through previous market day.
 
Interest Rates
 
Offers interest rates, mortgage rates, news and other information including consumer tips.
 
CARDTRAK contains a survey of credit cards and their interest rates.
 
Issued weekly by Federal Reserve Board. Shows daily rates for interest/yields on commercial paper, banker's acceptances, CD's, prime rate, US government securities (treasury bills, secondary market, etc.) and corporate bonds.
 
Monetary Conversion
 
Answers questions of relative value, comparing purchasing power (for U.S. Dollar back to 1665), exchange rates, and other variable between past and today.
 
Lists several inflation calculator web sites
 
Use this calculator to compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
 
Adjusts any given amount of money for inflation, according to the Consumer Price Index from 1800 to present.
 

COMPANIES
 
International Companies
 
Lists companies by services and products. Provides links to company's internet site.
 
This database contains the latest European business and financial information. Includes quality resources such as The Economist, Fortune and European Business Journal.
 
Maintained by Euredit, this page serves mainly companies in European communities who wish to trade beyond their national borders. The directory lists 150,000 selected companies from 25 countries.
 
Private Companies
 
The premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S.
 
Includes toll free telephone number of businesses.
 
Includes businesses with detailed street location map.
 
Includes manufacturers in US and in Canada. Searchable by product, company, and brand name.
 
Public Companies
 
The premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S.
 
Provides links to annual reports of many publicly held companies. Includes also annual reports of selected nonprofit organizations.
 
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system, performs automated collection, validation, indexing, acceptance, and forwarding of submissions by companies and others who are required by law to file forms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Its primary purpose is to increase the efficiency and fairness of the securities market for the benefit of investors, corporations, and the economy by accelerating the receipt, acceptance, dissemination, and analysis of time-sensitive corporate information filed with the agency.
 
Includes publicly held companies in US and Canada.
 

INDUSTRY & ECONOMY
 
Economic Indicators
 
 
The most comprehensive ABI/INFORM™ database, this comprises ABI/INFORM Global, ABI/INFORM Trade and Industry, and ABI/INFORM Dateline. The database features thousands of full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data. Its international coverage gives researchers a complete picture of companies and business trends around the world.
 
Offers statistics of business and personal bankruptcy filings. Includes annual and quarterly statistics for US and major metropolitan statistical areas.
 
Includes many important national, international, and regional economic indicators.
 
Provides current statistics of household income, poverty and other economic indicators.
 
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' official site on consumer price index.
 
Covers the failure of the U.S. economy and its gradual recovery, with special attention to the New Deal, as well as the global situation, including the rise of Hitler. The Almanac covers the era in 16 subject chapters. Biographies profiles 29 major figures of the period. Primary Sources features annotated excerpts from speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, literature, and other documents from the period.
 
Covers the failure of the U.S. economy and its gradual recovery, with special attention to the New Deal, as well as the global situation, including the rise of Hitler. The Almanac covers the era in 16 subject chapters. Biographies profiles 29 major figures of the period. Primary Sources features annotated excerpts from speeches, newspaper and magazine articles, literature, and other documents from the period.
 
Provides an understanding of commonly studied math concepts by illustrating their use in everyday life in everyday tasks, such as buying insurance, constructing a budget, reading graphs, adjusting cooking recipes or planning for retirement. Topics are designed to support the modern mathematics curriculum and contain examples related to the global economy.
 
Identifies Standard Industrial Classification codes for industry.
 
The report, published by the Federal Reserve Board, provides summary of economic conditions by federal reserve district. Includes major economic indicators, and interviews with key businessmen, economists, market experts, and other sources.
 
Offers instant calculation of inflation, based on consumer price index, from 1800 to 1997
 
General Industry Statistics
 
The premier reference and marketing database marketed to Library, Academic, and Government institutions throughout the U.S.
 
Gives national statistics on minority owned businesses, North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) which replaced the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) in 1997. Broad based information on business ownership, financial statistics and research for Business.
 
Provides business statistics by Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) Code and by county. Beginning in 1998, data are tabulated by industry as in the North American Industry Classification System: United States, 1997 (NAICS). Data for 1997 and years are based on the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) System.
 
Find information on business issues, small businesses, consumer issues, global economy, job market and financial literacy.
 
This database provides succinct analytical articles covering world and regional economic and political developments of major significance. It evaluates issues and events within a coherent political, social and economic framework. Additionally, it contains objective, multi-disciplinary articles compiled by an extensive international network of over 1,000 faculty members at Oxford and other leading universities around the world, as well as think-tanks and institutes of international standing.
 
Employment and industry data for county and regional areas.
 
This series covers 20th-century events and social history beginning in 1900 and ending in 1999, written expressly for middle school students. Each decade is covered in one volume. Topics for each decade include: Headline Makers, Topics in the News, Arts and Entertainment, Business and the Economy, Education, Government, Politics, and Law, Lifestyles and Social Trends, Medicine and Health, Science and Technology, and Sports.
 
Statistics By Industry
 
Agriculture
 
Agricultural statistics on the state of Arkansas
 
Provides a guide to fishing, hunting, and more in Arkansas.
 
Offers agricultural statistics by geographic areas.
 
News, general information, and opportunities with the USDA
 
Construction & Housing
 
Provides many reports on the construction industry published by the Census Bureau.
 
Manufacturing
 
Offers census reports on manufacturing industry, including Annual Survey of Manufacturers, Census of Manufactures, Manufactures' Shipments to Federal Agencies, Manufacturing Technology Surveys, and the Survey of Plant Capacity Utilization.
 
Provides statistical data on commodity production and shipments for approximately 5000 products, accounting for more than 1/3 of all U.S. manufacturing.
 
Mining and Mineral Industries
 
Provides detailed information on products, selected supplied, minerals used, machinery installed and fuels consumed. Geographic Area Series consists of 9 reports covering the US protectorates.
 
Retail and Wholesale Industries
 
Includes the Advance Monthly Retail Sales Survey, Monthly Retail Trade Survey, Annual Retail Trade Survey, and Census of Retail Trade as well as Advance Monthly Wholesale Sales survey, Monthly Wholesale Trade Survey, Annual Wholesale Trade Survey, and Census of Wholesale Trade. There are links to related sites.
 
Service Industries
 
Includes links to all the Censuses that involve service industries, eg. Census of Service Industries, Census of Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate, Census of Transportation, Communications, and Utilities, Truck Inventory and Use Survey, Commodity Flow Survey, Motor Freight Transportation and Warehousing Survey, and Annual Survey of Communication Services.
 
Tourism Industries
 
Vital visitor statistics & research articles on Arkansas tourism industry.
 
Transportation Industries
 
Provides data on passenger and freight transportation, communication services. and electrical, gas, steam, water, or sanitary services to the general public or to business.
 
Includes Transportation Statistics Annual Report, American Travel Survey and other travel and transportation related statistics.
 
Includes statistics of airline industry
 
Utilities
 
Includes census information of communications industry as well as sanitation, electricity, gas, and water utilities.
 
The home page of FCC offers information on auctions, consumer information, rules and regulation, and many other useful information.
 
World Economic Indicators
 
Provides basic housing statistics of member countries of United Nations.
 
Provides basic income statistics of member countries of United Nations.
 

INTERNATIONAL TRADE
 
Country Specific: Regulations & Practices
 
More than 100 Guides to doing business for Countries, States or Provinces compiled by Lex Mundi, an association of independent law firms.
 
Provides access to product suppliers and service providers from Hong Kong and China. Includes information on trade leads, tradeshows, and practical tips for doing business in Hong Kong and in China.
 
Maintained by the Center for International Business Education and Research of Michigan State University. This site leads to news and magazine articles relating to international trade, and many regional or country specific information sites.
 
Lists manufacturers in Taiwan.
 
International Trade Statistics
 
The Office offers Global Data Links, U.S. Foreign Trade Highlights, State Export Data, and many other trade statistics from its site.
 
Supporting Services
 
As Arkansas’ global business resource, the World Trade Center Arkansas is a non-governmental organization helping Arkansas’ business community compete more effectively in a global market.
 
Assists in export financing of US goods and services by offering direct and intermediary loans to foreign buyers of US exports, working capital and loan guarantees.
 
Portal to all export-related assistance and market information offered by the federal government, providing trade leads, free export counseling and help with the export process. Click on "Partner Agencies" to find other links, including the U.S. Commercial Service, which gives additional information.
 
The daily journal of trade logistics. The new JOC Week paper edition is located at the Reference Desk in the Business & Economics Department in the Central Library.
 
The SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives Association), is made up of retired, professional business managers from all disciplines of business and government. They volunteer their time to provide free management and business counseling and workshops.
 
Supported by the International Trade Administration, the Trade Information Center is the first stop for information about all federal export assistance programs, as well as country and regional market information.
 
Official site of the US Bureau of Export Administration offers information on export regulations and related information on exporting from US.
 
Provides assistance in researching foreign markets, making business contacts overseas, and promoting products abroad.
 
Provides general information about custom regulations.
 
Trade Leads and Suppliers
 
Includes product suppliers and manufacturers in many Asian countries.
 
The official source for government contracts and bids is now available on the web. You can get one week free if you register as a guest.
 
Provides trade leads and international credit reports.
 
Provides international trade leads from World Trade Center.
 

INVESTMENT
 
Bonds, Commodities and Mutual Funds
 
Offers basic information on investing in bonds and how to read bond prices in the daily newspapers.
 
Offers rating and financial analysis of mutual funds as well as stocks.
 
Commodity prices.
 
Investment Information & Stock Analysis
 
This site gives all sorts of help to the investor. Pages include a glossary of investment terms, building an investment plan from scratch, basic investment principles, techniques for picking stocks, and others.
 
Provides stock quotes, company news, and opinions on publicly traded companies. Graphs and charts are available for most companies. A humorous and insightful approach to investing.
 
Provides comprehensive investment assistance and financial information about publicly held companies.
 
Quick Quotes and Charts
 
Provides stock quotes, charts and links to stocks, mutual funds and futures traded in all major exchanges. Historical information included. Market reports on each exchange included.
 
Provides opening, closing, high, low, volume information, including splits and dividends and foreign currency exchange rates. Historical information downloadable in spreadsheet format. Covers bonds, mutual funds as well as EFTs [Exchange Traded Funds] and indices. Market reports available.
 
Stock and Commodity Exchanges
 
Includes news, quotes, and other marketing information on futures and options trading
 
Includes news, consumer information (how to choose a broker), and trading information.
 
Home page for the NASDQ network.
 
NYSE's Home Page "is designed as an educational tool for investors, students, and teachers. It provides links to a rich diversity of information."
 

LABOR & EMPLOYMENT
 
Employment and Labor Market Statistics
 
This site offers labor market statistics by industry or occupation, and by region.
 
This site has current news releases in a number of areas of interest to labor. It has employment and unemployment, prices and living conditions, productivity and technology, employment projections, and regional news releases.
 
Provides unemployment rates for all member countries of the United Nations
 
Labor Laws & Unions
 
Provides links to other sites which cover ADA information, technical assistance, and information hot lines.
 
The mission of the Arkansas Department of Labor is to foster, promote, and develop the health, safety and welfare of the wage earners of Arkansas by providing services and enforcing laws to improve working conditions and enhance their opportunities for safe and profitable employment.
 
Maintained by a law firm, this site provides comprehensive coverage and links to documents and information relating to labor and employment laws.
 
Full text of NLRB decisions.
 
Salaries and Wages
 
Gives information on the minimum wage, Family and Medical Leave Act, and employee rights.
 
Provides links and descriptions to 150 salary surveys.
 
This calculator can be used to compare the cost of living in hundreds of U.S. and international cities.
 

REAL ESTATE
 
Finding a Home
 
Find Homes for sale in Arkansas.
 
Includes new home production, floor plans, and real estate market of the U.S. Links to 7,000 home builders' sites.
 
Includes listings for homes available for sale, and links to other useful information relating to home buying.
 
Includes real estate listing outside U.S.
 
General Resources
Arkansas Association of Realtors: This site provides consumer and industry information for the Arkansas real estate industry. Its Economics page offers current economic trends and forecast.
Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) : This site provides information on industry data and expenditure analysis of commercial real estate.
 
Maintained by Microsoft, this site offers a one-stop shopping service for home hunters. Links to neighborhood information, price comparison, mortgage calculations, and property listing.
 
Includes home listing, directory of realtors, and links to other useful resources in home buying.
 
Government Housing Agencies
 
ADFA administers funding in the form of tax-exempt bonds and other debt instruments through its series of program activities.
 
Offers links to consumer information on housing assistance.
 
Maintained by the General Services Administration, this section of the Consumer Information Center offers consumer information on housing and mortgages. It offers links to many booklets available in a wide range of subjects, see the section on Banking for the CIC pamphlets on money and financial services.
 
Mortgage
 
Offers links to everything you need to know about securing a mortgage.
 

SMALL BUSINESS
 
Business Plans
 
Offers hands-on guidance to writing business plans. Includes real plans of companies that gained financing.
 
Contains a wide variety of on line information for the entrepreneur and small business owner.
 
Includes a step by step tutorial on how to write a business plan.
 
Start-Up Information
 
Includes links to franchise information.
 
This database bridges theory with practice, covering a wide spectrum of resources useful to educators, researchers, students, and practitioners. Content ranges from the scholarly - including journals, dissertations, working papers and conference proceedings - to a full toolkit of practical guides, templates, forms, sample business plans and tips from successful entrepreneur in a wide range of formats - from video to downloadable Word and Excel files, as well as traditional text and PDFs
 
Includes links to information on starting your business, increasing your business, and supporting entrepreneurship.
 
Fictitious Business Name Statements (DBA) searches for Arkansas provided from Arkansas Secretary of State.
 
Supporting Organization
 
Business development corporation offers services to small and medium sized business owners, entrepreneurs and members of the communities it serves.
 
Offers information, referrals, and one-on-one professional business counseling, and regular workshops to small business owners.
 
Provides businesses with information on permits and other requirements of Arkansas agencies at all levels of government, and links. Searchable by type of business and location.
 

UNCLAIMED PROPERTY
 
Already filed a claim and want to know the status? Check your claim status online!
 
Provides access to the state agencies in all states, territory, or province charged with the responsibility of collecting and reuniting lost owners with their unclaimed property.