We’re watching every dollar, nickel, and dime. With college age kids and a healthy mortgage, we’re taking the sensible, pragmatic look at both expenses and savings.
Expenses are actually the easy part to manage. It’s managing investments that gets tricky. One expense we reduced was our stock broker. He made money on both buy and sell recommendations so we figure to save a little money by watching our investments more closely.
Our new found home economic situation put me in a mood to check out a few Mac apps that handle stocks. First on my list is StockMarketEye. This multiplatform app handles Investment Portfolios, a Stock Watchlist, Stock Charts, and even has Stock Alerts.
What we want in an investment app is a combination of ease-of-use (we’re not money gurus), and enough built-in functions to handle our modest collect of nest eggs.
The Portfolio Monitoring component lists all your investments in a simple spreadsheet look, then goes online and gets the latest prices, and displays gains or losses and total value.
The Stock Watchlist works like you’d expect and gives you options to track hundreds or thousands of stocks, including mutual funds from many different stock exchanges. There’s a built-in ticker symbol search and it auto updates throughout the day.
No investment app is worth anything if it doesn’t have a little eye candy. StockMarketEye gives you multiple charting options including line charts, candlestick charts, mountain charts, as well as technical indicators (which, by the way, I think is mostly voodoo science).
Other than keeping accurate track of how the Mincey family nest egg is performing, StockMarketEye has a feature that I truly love (even after just three days of use).
Alerts. Each stock can have an alert attached to the watchlist or portfolio. Alerts can be set up on many of the columns in the spreadsheet view; last price, volume, percentage, change, price to earnings, and so on.
Just like you get an email alert that pops up on screen, so does the StockMarket Eye alert.
Click on any of the screenshot images above for a larger, pop up view.
The 5th way this is an app worthy of consideration is– it’s multi-platform. Mac. Windows. Even Linux PCs. I have a few weeks to go in the free trial but I’m impressed with what I see so far. One negative item to mention is that StockMarketEye is a Java app, and that means your Mac needs to download and install the Java runtime engine.