Once a year we present our top picks for the most common areas of investment analysis and management. This annual review allows us to present our personal favorites with the typical member in mind. We rate and compare a wide range of programs and Web sites on an ongoing basis in Computerized Investing, and we draw upon these comparisons to highlight the top picks in portfolio management, mutual fund screening and analysis, stock screening and analysis, and technical analysis and charting. These categories cover the needs of most of our members. We present our top picks by highlighting 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)—both 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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