For a current account you should check the MoneySavingExpert's recommendations on bank accounts.
Stockpedia has a great page of resources for dividend income investing.
Free from Broke provides a useful US-based background to investing.
ShareCast provides summary information on the performance (including yield) of FTSE 100, FTSE 250 and Small Caps (you can use these links to show the dividend yields in descending order), giving a quick snapshot of possible candidate companies for your portfolio.
- gilts, (government bonds or government loan stock)
- corporate bonds (loans to companies)
- PIBS and PSBs (see below)
- Preference shares
General Information Sources
I have only held Consols 4% (which I sold at a profit) - but the price is currently too inflated, meaning that the yield is not very attractive and you would potentially suffer a capital loss by investing now.
Look at Monevator’s informative introductory guide to gilts, which explains how they work.
Fixed Income Investor provides information on UK Government bonds (Gilts) - as well as other fixed-income securities.
An article on commercial bonds from This is Money's Midas and Trading corporate bonds from This is Money
Fixed Income Investor has a comprehensive list of corporate bond prices.
See also the Fixed Income Investments' market data on Preference Shares.
PIBS and PSBs
PIBS from the demutualised building societies are known as perpetual sub-bonds (PSBs).
See the Fixed Income Investor's PIBs & Others page.
EXCHANGE TRADED FUNDS (ETFs)
I'm pretty restrictive in what I look for - I like to reflect the overall portfolio balance: high-yield (either dividends or fixed-income) plus ETFs holding physical assets (so less likely to 'blow up'). But you can find an ETF tracking almost anything.
FREE ONLINE DATA STORAGE
Google Documents allows you to store documents in cyberspace - and you can choose whether or not to share the files (probably wise to make sure you have chosen 'don't share' in this case!).
Another free option (for up to 2 Gb storage) is Dropbox, which has a synchronising function - making double-sure that your financial data are secure.
I am not a financial adviser and the information provided does not constitute financial advice. You should always do your own research on top of what you learn here to ensure that it's right for your specific circumstances.