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Computerized Investing > January/February 2007

Money 2007 Premium vs. Quicken 2007 Premier

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by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

Investors basking in the relative prosperity of 2006 over 2005 may look to 2007 as the year to get their financial households in (better) order. Those looking to manage all of their financial accounts under a single canopy or hoping to get a better handle on their spending or debt may be in need of a personal finance software package. These types of programs help users answer key financial questions: What do I have? How am I doing? and, How can I do better? Today, the personal finance landscape is dominated by two heavyweights—Intuit and Microsoft. Both companies offer several flavors of their popular Quicken and Money programs, respectively; the most robust versions are Money 2007 Premium and Quicken 2007 Premier.

This article walks you through the key offerings of both programs, including the most significant changes that have taken place since our last review of the 2005 versions. At the end, we tabulate an overall winner based on a check-box scoring system. Points are awarded with functionality and ease-of-use in mind.

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