Personal finance

www.nchc.org: The National Coalition on Health Care site has great information about the rising cost of health care and is non-partisan. It represents groups that encompass 150 million Americans.

www.ebri.org: The Employee Benefit Research Institute has lots of research available about employee benefit topics such as 401(k) plans. It does not lobby or advocate for any proposals.

www.401khelpcenter.com/: Unbiased information about retirement plans. This site has great information about enforcement action and backgrounds on different retirement-related topics.

www.urban.org/index.cfm: The Urban Institute has information on disability coverage, Social Security and other issues.

www.annualcreditreport.com/cra/index.jsp: The site that allows consumers to request a free credit file disclosure once every 12 months from each of the three nationwide consumer credit reporting companies.

www.bankrate.com/finance/credit-cards/understanding-credit-cards.aspx: Everything a consumer needs to know about establishing credit. In fact, bank rate.com has tons of great information to get a business reporter up to speed about personal finance issues.

lectlaw.com/files/ban16.htm: Helps a business reporter understand credit cards, credit reports and fraud.

www.creditorweb.com/articles/understanding-credit-card-terms.html: Another great article that helps a business reporter understand credit card terms.

www.rtohq.org: The Association of Progressive Rental Organizations, the rent-to-own industry. The industry has come under criticism in the past for charging exorbitant interest rates.

www.pirg.org/consumer/renttoown: Media backgrounder on rent-to-own from the Public Interest Research Group.

www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2005/fil1405a.html: Guidelines for payday lenders from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

www.mortgage101.com: Has answers to basic mortgage questions and an affordability calculator. It can be a handy resource for personal finance reporters writing about the housing market.

www.interest.com: Search mortgage rates in your area.  Find and compare interest rates and mortgage home loans.

www.aaii.com: American Association of Individual Investors, a nonprofit organization.  Stock investing to financial planning and retirement funding.

www.aarp.org/money: News and information from the American Association of Retired Persons about personal finance, including a retirement calculator and articles.