It hasn't been that long since investors were forced to rely on the morning newspaper to see how their portfolio performed in the market the day before. Today, investors can go online and see in real time the same information the banks and institutional traders see. In addition, computer technology has created an explosion of ways to repackage that data so investors can see their investment's performances charted in many useful ways.
Investools Prophet Charts
Users can access the ProphetCharts and StockCharts premium versions by paying a monthly access fee. MetaStock is a software program that must be purchased and loaded onto your computer. There are no monthly fees, but users are required to use a separate data vendor -- most charge monthly fees. MetaStock, too, offers a wide variety of technical studies, drawing capabilities and other similar features. However, it has a significantly higher learning curve than both StockCharts and ProphetCharts, so it may not be the best choice for beginners.
There is a large list of other free chart services and software available online. A couple of the more popular ones can be found on Google Finance and Yahoo! Finance. The charts these sites provide are very limited in features and capabilities, which fall far short of their free competitor BigCharts.
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