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Author: RandiSl Two stars, 250 posts Old School Fool Global Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 10320  
Subject: Final Straw Date: 3/22/2010 12:56 PM
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I've run Quicken for years, and like many of you been basically unhappy, but without alternatives. Well, this year's forced upgrade (need by 4/30, just as I'm trying to get taxes, of course!) although not a surprise, was the final straw for me. IF I thought 2010 would handle options, even just downloading the quotes, I might go for one more time. But as far as I can tell, all Intuit wants to do is add bells and whistles, and convince me to keep my data in their cloud. Not going to happen.

So, a spate of research brought me back to GnuCash, which is much more robust these days, and can download information from banks. An interesting aside -- the thing that makes me upgrade is the loss of downloads, and it seems to be totally artificial. The standard has been set for a while now, and it's not changing, so this is Intuit's doing.

Even more helpful, there's a small company (2 people) supporting a spreadsheet-like program called Personal Stock Monitor. They are responsive to questions and the program WORKS. You can load it with your Quicken data, although I've run into some minor bugs which I'm working on now with them. The option symbology changed in February as many of you know, and the standard practice of downloading the quotes from Yahoo! in .csv files was invalidated (by Yahoo!) Somehow PSM got the necessary info, and they can be tracked -- REAL TIME -- in the program. I've been branching out into Canadian stocks (opened new brokerage account at Interactive Brokers to do so), selling options (MF Options and Pro), and keeping track of it all was becoming a major headache.

I recommend that you all take a look at these two programs. The best way to handle this longstanding exploitation by Intuit (and Microsoft) is to vote with our pocketbooks.

Bye now -- wishing you all the best!
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