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Investment Portfolio Management

Investment was once something thought of as what rich people do. Today, investing plays a key role in the financial well-being of millions of Americans. The Securities Industry Association has stated, “the growth in individual investor participation has risen from 30.2 million U.S. shareowners in 1980 to 84.3 million in 2002.” According to a survey published by the Investment Company Institute and the Securities Industry Association, the latter figure encompasses 49.5 percent of U.S. households. Yet, how many of these investors really know the ropes when it comes to making the right investment decisions? Woefully few, laments the Oregon Department of Consumer & Business Services’ Division of Finance & Corporate Securities, noting that, “Less than one-fifth of those [Americans, who may or may not have been investors] polled passed a simple test asking whether stocks, bonds, savings accounts or certificates of deposit offered the best return over the last 20 years.”

So what can you do to avoid becoming financial fodder when it comes to investing your money? As with any positive result, the proper tools are essential. Investment portfolio management is the keystone in any investment strategy, whether its goal is asset protection or maximizing return on investment. We have referenced some excellent stock chart and investment portfolio management software for your use. You may also wish to join Club EWI, which will provide you with access to many investment articles and services — for free.

While you often get what you pay for — especially when it comes to investment software — we have been very pleasantly surprised by Medved QuoteTracker. Medved QuoteTracker software without a doubt offers the best free stock charts and investment portfolio management available! It is feature rich, reliable, and works with a wide variety of stock market quote services, including proprietary quote services offered by major brokerage firms. While the free version does display advertisements, they are unobtrusive. Medved QuoteTracker contains no pop-ups or spyware.

If you do not already have a market datafeed to receive stock market quotes, you should try IQ Chart. With their 30-day free trial offer, you can’t go wrong! IQ Chart’s newest version is more powerful and easier-to-use than ever, with significant improvements such as new market indicators, a more powerful stock screener and enhanced stock charting. Following the free trial period, IQ Chart is only $39.95 per month, a significant savings over other similar stock charting products.

Whether you are simply looking for free stock market software or are interested in a professional investment portfolio management package with built-in stock market quotes, you owe it to yourself to check out both of these fine products.

Authored by Kenneth L. Anderson.  Original article published 5 December 2003, updated 27 February 2006.

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