Buying a Computer
Trends in the computing industry and issues to consider before purchasing a new computer or upgrading your current system.
Analyzing, selecting and trading exchange-traded funds
Using investor sentiment to indentify tops and bottoms in the market.
Market Breadth & Timing
Market breadth and momentum indicators to gauge the market's overall direction.
Mutual Fund Screening & Analysis
Screening for and analyzing mutual funds.
Online Discount Brokers
In-depth reviews of online discount brokers and their tools, features and flaws.
Constructing a portfolio of investments and the issues involved, including risk management.
In-depth reviews of some of the most popular investment-related software.
Stock Screening & Analysis
Using quantitative stock screening filters to identify possible investment and analyzing individual stocks.
Determining the "true worth" of a company.
Technical Analysis & Charting
Using technical indicators and charts to help time your buy and sell decisions.
Using computerized tools and resources to prepare and file your personal income taxes.
Once a year we present our top picks for the most common areas of investment analysis and management. While we rate and compare a wide range of programs and Web sites on an ongoing basis, this annual review allows us to present our personal favorites with the typical investor in mind. Portfolio management, mutual fund screening and analysis, stock screening and analysis, and technical analysis and charting are the most popular investment segments, so we highlight our top selections for both Macintosh and Windows systems, as well as top Web offerings.
We have not limited our selections to the boundaries of software that needs to be purchased and installed on your computer (disk-based programs); traditional and Web-based tools were eligible for the top-pick slots in each area. This issue is of special importance for Mac users who often find that Web-based tools for screening and analysis exceed the usefulness and functionality found in the best Mac-based software programs.
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