New Computer Investing Products
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Cake Premium is a new on-line investment service that helps fund investors manage their investment accounts. The service is a personalized mutual fund engine that analyzes the mutual funds you own and suggests similar funds in the same category with better performance, lower risk, and lower fees.
The first step is to enter details about yourself and your investment accounts. Cake Premium requires your current age, expected retirement age and your annual salary. Next, you can connect to your brokerage accounts (the site has over 40 listed). Cake Premium will then analyze your holdings and your retirement goals to provide alternative investments. For example, the site may suggest that you are paying too much in annual expense fees. You will also get an overview of your allocation based on cap size and fund type. A brief analysis of your risk level follows.
Finally, you can select a new allocation strategy and reallocate your funds based on the new data. Cake Premium suggests new funds and new allocation levels for funds you already hold. You must go through your broker to make the actual changes to your account, but Cake Premium lets you see how the changes will impact your overall portfolio. After you have made changes, you can print a sheet detailing all of the portfolio updates.
In addition, you can set personal retirement goals and do a simple “what if” analysis by changing your retirement age, savings percentage, and anticipated retirement and Social Security income. The tool shows you how much money you will have at retirement based on those assumptions. A portfolio performance table tracks your holdings over a five-year period and an allocation tool shows your current allocation among asset types.
System Requirements: Internet connection
Price: Cake Free allows for basic investment tracking; Cake Comparison costs $29.99 per year and is a mutual fund comparison tool; Cake Premium costs $99.99 per year.
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Market Replay Lite and Plus are replay and analysis tools that allow investors to view historical, consolidated order book and trade data for NASDAQ, New York Stock Exchange and regional-listed securities.
Market Replay Lite is free and provides consolidated market quote and trade data for the last three days. You can replay market events in real-time, or speed them up and slow them down. Users can also analyze the details of market updates and view quotes that last less than a millisecond.
After you register with NASDAQ, you can launch the program in your Internet browser. When you enter a ticker symbol and choose the date and time you are interested in, you will see a chart showing the national best bid (blue line) and offer prices (green line). Consolidated trades are shown in orange for each trade price. The volume of each trade is also provided.
The Quote Replay Panel located in the top left corner of the Web page lists the best offer and bid prices for every exchange the stock is traded on at a specific time. You can replay the trades over the course of the day in real-time, or speed up and slow down the movement. The Quote Replay Panel is updated as the timeline moves ahead.
To get more detailed price information at the time of the trade, you can hover the mouse over the orange indicators.
You can also share your market replays with others via E-mail. Just click “Send Replay” from the Replay Menu and enter the recipient’s E-mail address.
Market Replay Plus has the same functionality but also allows investors an unlimited number of symbol requests and stores up to five days of data.
System Requirements: Internet connection
Price: Lite version is free and allows for up to 10 symbol requests per day and access to three days of historical data; Plus version is $9.99 per month and allows unlimited symbol requests and up to five days of historical data.
Checklist Investor is a stock analysis program that allows you to evaluate your investment ideas systematically. The idea for the program was inspired by Benjamin Graham’s “Intelligent Investor” book and philosophy. The program comes with 14 checklists based on other investment gurus in addition to Ben Graham, including Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch, Martin Zweig and John Templeton. Each checklist includes a list of criteria or questions to ask yourself before you buy or sell a stock.
After logging into the program, you can learn more about each checklist then decide which ones you would like to use. You can choose one or all 14. You can also customize the checklists by adding your own criteria to the list, or you can create your own checklist from scratch.
When entering transactions into the program, you are shown the checklists you chose earlier. A place for comments allows you to note why you are buying or selling. You can revisit these notes in the future to track your trading decisions.
Transactions can be labeled as buy, sell, hold, thinking, short and short cover. A summary page lists all of your transactions entered with transaction prices, quotes and the checklists you used.
This is not a portfolio tracking or management tool; it is intended for use when evaluating stocks for purchase and sale. Checklist Investor helps you create a thought process for each investment and is great for tracking the reasons for purchase or sale. Looking back at holdings to see your own reasoning along the way can be a useful learning tool.
System Requirements: Windows XP or Vista; 32M of memory; 10M available hard disk space; Internet connection
Price: $49.95 to download
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I-Metrix Pro is a suite of stock data and analytical tools offered by EDGAR Online. An on-line component provides fundamental data and statistics including summaries of financial statements, ratios, multiples, price data, company news and more. I-Metrix converts company SEC-filed statement data into XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language), which is a data standard used in financial reporting.
The meat of the program comes from its Excel component, which allows you to download a number of company-reported filings such as the 10-Q and 8-K. I-Metrix provides preliminary, final, restated and amended financial statements for over 30,000 global public companies.
An add-in for Excel must first be installed; you will find the file in the Analytics area of I-Metrix Pro. You can then download any of the filings using the add-in within Excel.
For example, a 10-K filing might include various worksheets showing the income statement, balance sheet and cash flow statement for a stock’s current and previous periods. Right-clicking on any data point brings up the source documents for the data.
You can also read static data filings in PDF, Word and the original formats.
In addition to the Excel files, I-Metrix Pro includes an on-line stock screening tool with a database of over 11,000 stocks and over 7,000 criteria for screening. You can create custom screens or use the program’s predefined screens. You can also create your own custom fields.
Finally, you can create a customized dashboard to display information for companies you have specified. You can also be alerted when companies file certain reports.
System Requirements: Windows OS; Microsoft Excel; Internet connection
Price: $1,200 introductory annual price for AAII members; seven-day money-back trial
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iTaggit.com Values Household Items & Collectibles
iTaggit.com is a Web site that helps users to value items to keep, sell or document. The site recently launched a new tool called “ValueRange It” that is designed to give users a value range for any item. It can help users decide whether to sell, insure, donate, or simply track an item’s value over time. For iTaggit users looking to sell items, the site offers tools to broadcast items to other sites including Craigslist and eBay. When you add items to the site you can attach a description and pictures or video. Access to the site is free.
Intuit Buys Mint.com
Intuit, the maker of Quicken software, has acquired on-line personal finance Web site Mint.com (www.mint.com). Intuit says it will retain both Quicken.com and the Mint.com site. The company would like the two programs to work together, with Mint.com becoming Intuit’s primary on-line personal finance management service.
Barchart.com Data Now on NeedForTrade
NeedForTrade software users can now subscribe to Barchart’s real-time datafeed, which is sourced directly from futures and equity exchanges. The NeedForTrade software system includes data for charting, market data, trading strategies and links to brokerage accounts for placing trades. The NeedForTrade program costs $49.95 per month; a free 30-day trial is available. Subscriptions to the Barchart data start at $39 per month.
Kiplinger.com Offers Emerging Market Info
Kiplinger.com has an entire area devoted to investing in emerging markets, including articles and commentaries. Articles discuss emerging market mutual funds, stocks and exchange-traded funds ETFs, as well as investment strategies for adding these securities to a diversified portfolio. Kiplinger.com is a free Web site.
Hamilton Software Releases Fundwatch 9.0
Hamilton Software’s Fundwatch is a securities and market analysis toolkit. Fundwatch can compare mutual funds, stocks, ETFs and other investments, as well as apply technical indicators. Fundwatch downloads free price and volume data for securities, compares and ranks performance and volatility, measures trends and momentum, and provides buy/sell indicators. In addition, the latest version includes improvements to the technical analysis tools for charting, alerts and analysis. Fundwatch costs $59.95; a free trial is available.
Investing Vue Provides Investor Forums
Investing Vue is a free, membership-based discussion forum. The site has separate areas for forex, futures and commodities discussions. After you register with the site, you can begin reading and posting comments or create new threads and discussion topics. The site also includes news and charting tools for securities.
Wall Street Journal to Launch Pro Edition
The Wall Street Journal Professional Edition is a premium business news service that delivers customized news feeds and alerts directly to subscribers’ desktops and mobile devices. The service offers breaking news, industry-specific news and analysis from Dow Jones Newswires, The Wall Street Journal and the 17,000 global business and news sources of Dow Jones Factiva. The service was available to certain customers in November and will be available to all investors in January 2010. Pricing data has yet to be released.
TradeTheNews.com Sends Free Market Update
TradeTheNews.com, a site that provides real-time breaking financial news, is now offering a free market update E-mail. The E-mail is sent daily after the market close and gives global market performance data for the day. Registered users will also receive a weekly wrap-up E-mail on Fridays that summarizes market activity and provides analysis of the week’s news.
StockLip.com Offers Market Blog Platform
StockLip.com is an on-line financial platform that allows individuals to create and publish their own market analysis in a crowd-sourced blog format. The StockLip.com platform enables investors to debate and discuss the market, their favorites stocks, investment strategies and more in a virtually real-time setting. Registered users can post content and add images and personal information, then submit it for review by the site’s editorial team. After approval, users can post content and read other users’ content. StockLip.com is free.
MoneyDesktop.com for Managing Finances
MoneyDesktop.com is a new on-line financial planning Web site that offers nine tools to manage household finances. MoneyDesktop was built around three financial principles: intelligence, discipline and accountability. In the intelligence stage, MoneyDesktop helps users build a financial plan. In the discipline stage, MoneyDesktop assists in executing the financial plan. Finally, the accountability stage enhances the plan by helping users build strategic savings plans, restructure debt and learn about cash-back shopping. MoneyDesktop.com costs $9.95 per month.
TheThreeBlindMice.com Generates Trading Ideas
TheThreeBlindMice.com is a free Web site that combines market analytics, technical analysis and risk management to provide investors with investment ideas. The site generates daily long- and short-term trading strategy ideas that can include any product traded on Wall Street. It also offers daily market commentary on stocks, futures, price targets, sector rotation and more.