I play poker and the invest in the stock market. Fortunately, through the years I’ve managed to keep both of my habits segregated, and my wife makes sure there’s enough extra money to invest to make extra money.
In poker, I win a little, I lose a little. Come to think of it. That’s about how my stock market prowess goes. I win a little. I lose a little. Because I’m on my Mac pretty much most of the day I like to keep tabs on my
winnings investments using a Mac app that monitors stocks and delivers updates at a glance. One app that does that well is Stock + Pro, a Mac Menubar app with additional features beyond the standard stock ticker. You can actually use this app to view your investments and the market.
In the Menubar, your followed stocks will rotate and display the current price and the amount of up or down movement. A quick click gets you more details in a larger window (and far more detail than Apple’s OS X Dashboard Widget).
You control the width, speed, text color of the Menubar and the app. Stocks, though, are basic– stock market, indexes, a few funds, select commodities, and stock you follow.
Stock + Pro also brings in RSS feeds as news articles for stocks you follow. Eye candy graphs are some utilitarian and go back to five years and in multiple styles.
Also built-in are Rules and Actions. Select the kind of stock market moves you need to know about, and Stock + Pro will send you alerts.
The default theme is rather boring, but Stock + Pro has a few others in varying colors (also mostly boring).
As nicely done and useful as Stock + Pro is, it has one distinct shortcoming which is reflected in the price tag. It displays stock prices, but there’s no option to buy or trade stocks. That would be a big plus, but the lack of that feature probably has saved us a small fortune (and as all wannabe investors know, ‘the best way to make a small fortune in the market is to start with a large fortune).
If all you need to know is how much your fortune has gone down since you last checked the market, Stock + Pro does that very well.