Investing in portfolio management software will inevitably come with certain costs. In addition to monetary costs, you need to consider the time you will spend learning to use the program. What it takes to configure the program, how easy it is to use and how well it can handle your personal needs will eventually become larger factors than the monetary cost of the program.
In order to accurately gauge each program’s (or website’s) strengths and weaknesses, we make an effort to thoroughly use each service. Luckily, two of the three programs we review here offer fully functioning demos, allowing all potential users to try the software for themselves before purchasing (Quicken Premier 2011 does not offer a demo or trial version).