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6 Best Portfolio Management Software Tools for Investors

The Best Portfolio Management Software Makes Your Life Easier

Investors need to keep track of their mutual and exchange traded funds, individual stocks and bonds for many reasons. You want to examine your investment returns, fees, asset allocation, as well as plan for retirement and more. Of course you can do it by hand or on an excel sheet, but with the excellent investment portfolio management software available, why bother? From free, to a one-time payment or on-going fees, there has never been a better selection of investment management software on the market. Both price and features matter and we’ll explore both.

We’ll start out with the free offerings, next the investment and portfolio management tools that charge an ongoing fee.

6 Best Portfolio Management Software Tools for Investors-Free to low fee

Free Portfolio Management Software

1. Personal Capital

Personal Capital may be the perfect free investment and portfolio management software. The platform, with mobile and computer access has a load of features. The easy set-up takes a few minutes to sync your accounts after which your personalized dashboard is available. The Personal Capital program incorporates all of your bank, credit card and investment accounts and gives you a 360 degree view of how your investments are performing along with other useful money information.

The Personal Capital tools help you:

  • Analyze your cash flow including both income and expenses
  • Calculate your net worth
  • Check on and analyze your investments
  • Plan for retirement
  • Analyze your account fees
  • Perform an investment check up
  • Review your asset allocation
  • More

The investment check-up offers priceless tools. The overriding question that the investment check-up answers is “Could your portfolio give you greater returns for a reasonable risk level?” The program answers this question by comparing your current asset allocation to the recommended target, and recommending improvements.

The retirement planner calculator tells you best and worst case retirement scenarios. It shows how much monthly spending your current portfolio will allow throughout retirement.

This is my “go to” resource to check on and analyze my investment performance, and income versus spending. It’s extremely easy to use and it automatically updates, unlike Quicken, where I must manually update my portfolio.

One of the best facets of Personal Capital is how fast and seamlessly your accounts are linked! You can be up and running in minutes!

I was amazed at how fast my complicated investment portfolio was uploaded and analyzed. I have 10 or more accounts with multiple investments within each account.

I just did a retirement analysis yesterday, and increased my annual spending projections. The new retirement analysis showed that I’m still fine at the new spending level. It was fast and easy. 

The only caveat with this tool is that you may need to field a call from a Personal Capital representative. Other than that, the tools are all free to use. I’ve used this investment software and appreciate how all of the accounts auto-populate so that I don’t need to input data. In fact, this free product just might be superior to Quicken portfolio management software (which I also use)..

For more detailed information about the free Personal Capital portfolio management platform, read our expert review.

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2. Mint

The popular and free Mint.com investment and money management web-based software has a lot going for it. With quick linking to your accounts, similar to Personal Capital, you get a quick overview of your financial picture. Mint tracks all of your financial accounts including credit, banking, investment and retirement. Mint also highlights your fees, so that you know how much of your money isn’t being invested for your future.

Mint offers these financial tools:

  • Income and expense categorization and tracking
  • Budgeting
  • Investment tracking
  • Free Credit Score
  • Alerts
  • Bill pay

The Mint investment and portfolio management tools are satisfactory for beginning investors. Mint claims to help “Get the right tools for your investment style.” The online portal offers tips and advice for both active and passive investors. Although, Personal Capital is a more sophisticated alternative than Mint for investment portfolio management.

In general, for intermediate and advanced investors, Mint is too simplistic. Yet, if you’re looking for a free basic money management, saving, spending, budgeting and tracking tool, it’s worth a look.

Investment Portfolio Management Software: Fee or Subscription

3. Quicken Premier 2018

Quicken’s been my go-to financial management software for decades and I continue to use both Quicken and Personal Capital to view and analyze our investment portfolios. Quicken recently launched an annual subscription model to the software to supplement the desktop application that you install on your computer. The program also has an online app and portal for on-the-go money management.

Similar to Personal Capital, after syncing your checking, saving, debt and investment accounts, you have a comprehensive financial management portal. The Quicken Premier platform is both basic money management, budgeting, debt tracking and cash management software as well as a comprehensive investment portfolio management program.

Quicken premier investment management features include:

  • Scores of money and investment management reports with deep level customization options
  • Investment account downloading and tracking including income, dividends, fees and more
  •  Reports include; capital gains, rate of return, performance versus the market, investment transactions,  cost basis, tax reports and more
  • Risk/return analysis
  • Retirement planner tool
  • The Portfolio X-Ray tool from Morningstar® with detailed drill down into your overall diversification and portfolio characteristics
  • Option trade tracking

In addition to the investment capabilities there are robust income, expense, budgeting and money management capabilities. This all sounds great, but I’ve had problems downloading data from several of our investment and credit card accounts. I’m not certain if increased security from the banks and brokerages is to blame or the Quicken  program. The platform recently updated so I’m hopeful that they’ve addressed the downloading and synchronization issues. Quicken just offered a subscription model, in addition to their purchase option.

If you purchase the Quicken Deluxe 2019 through Amazon, you get a 14 month subscription for $54.99.

4. Investment Account Manager

Investment Account Manager is sophisticated investment portfolio management software. The product was designed by professional money managers and used by investors globally since 1985. The goal of the software is to help you understand and manage your investment portfolios. The software for individuals is suitable for both newbies and seasoned investors. Actually, I used this software in one of it’s earlier iterations many years ago. (I reverted to Quicken due to Quicken’s ability to handle budgeting tasks along with investment management).

Investment Account Manager is designed for investment management, not budgeting, debt or other financial management tasks.

You can track an unlimited number of portfolios. Each investment portfolio is handled individually and transactions are segregated by account. This helps the investor to create portfolios by objective and track according to distinct parameters. 

The reports section allows you to customize reports and even create reports that combine portfolios. For example, Investment Account Manager allows you to combine all portfolios and review your overall asset allocation (stocks, bonds, cash and other) and on a granular level by stock sector and size.

The data helps you determine if you’re meeting your investment goals. This pdf details the 20 distinct reports available through the Investment Account Manager.

I spent way too long looking at the report data. From detailed cost basis data to customizable income reports the reports give the investor all the information she might need. 

As this software is for investment tracking only, and you’ll find specific data for many types of assets including; cash, money market funds, US Governments, agencies, tax-exempt bonds, corporate bonds, preferred stocks, mutual funds, exchange traded funds, common stocks, options, and other investments.

Within the asset library, there’s detailed security data including:

  • Security Type
  • Security Symbol and description
  • Price
  • High price alert
  • Low price alert
  • Dividends
  • Earnings
  • Projected dividends and earnings
  • Book value
  • Cash flow 
  • Beta
  • Bond specific data
  • and More

You can download the data from your broker or input manually.

The rebalancing feature makes it easy to see if your portfolio is out of balance and what securities need to bought or sold to return to your preferred allocation. There’s even a sector weight allocation option.

Two more of my favorite features are benchmark comparisons and for individual stock owners –  fundamental ratio analysis tools.

Additionally, Investment Account Manager also offers a professional version for financial advisors.

There is so much meat in this software, that the serious investor and possibly the casual investor as well will benefit from this Investment Account Manager. This investment management software is compatible with iOs and Windows operating systems. You also get a 90 day free trial, which is quite generous! After the trial, the fee is $129 per year or $69 without the QuoteMedia data subscription. 

Best Portfolio Management Software Tools for Investors-Investment Management & Tracking from free to low-fee

Investment Portfolio Management Software: Ongoing Management Fee

These portfolio management software platforms fall under the robo-advisor umbrella as well. The following companies charge low ongoing management fees and don’t require you to transfer your assets to their firm.

5. SigFig

SigFig is a robo-advisor with a free portfolio tracker. Although less comprehensive than Personal Capital, it’s worth a try. The free portfolio tracker offers:

  • Investment account sync
  • Portfolio Tracker
  • Reporting Dashboards
  • External Portfolio Analysis-SigFig Guidance
  • Live Chat/Phone Support

Anyone can use the free SigFig investment manager.

If you want to try their robo-advisory investment manager, SigFig is a competitive service. Many low-fee robo-advisors require you to move all of your assets into the company account. SigFig offers portfolio management for investors with existing Fidelity, Schwab, or TD Ameritrade accounts. This is a convenient feature, especially if you have a larger portfolios and want to avoid the tax implications and complications of transferring your existing investments.

Our SigFig Review drills into this independent portfolio optimization platform that helps everyday investors track over $350 billion in assets. Through its partnerships with Fidelity, Schwab, and Ameritrade, the company’s algorithmic investment strategies work to analyze, monitor and improve any portfolio, automatically balancing and diversifying investments, while reducing risk and minimizing fees. SigFig’s Asset Management technology instantly analyzes your current investments, learns about your goals and risk tolerance, and tailors an individualized portfolio strategy. The automated systems constantly monitor and optimize your investments while reducing management fees.

SigFig’s investment portfolio management services require investors to invest a minimum of $2,000 and offers free service to all accounts valued less than $10,000. For investors with accounts valued at more than $10,000, the annual 0.25% fee of assets under management (AUM) covers these services:

  • Portfolio monitoring and analysis
  • Access to investment advisors
  • Commission-free portfolio management
  • Portfolio rebalancing
  • Tax reduction strategies

An investor with a $20,000 account will pay an annual 0.25% or $50.00 for the investment portfolio management fee. SigFig will tracks all of your investment accounts, regardless of where they are held. 

6. FutureAdvisor

Similar to SigFig and Personal Capital, FutureAdvisor offers a free personal investment analysis. You can receive personalized recommendations for your portfolio indefinitely. You have the option to follow the FutureAdvisor investment management recommendations or not. The investment analysis and advice is free forever.

The paid FutureAdvisor robo-advisor is where you’ll get the most comprehensive portfolio investment management. FutureAdvisor, a subsidiary of BlackRock global investments, manages your accounts held at either Fidelity and/or TD Amertrade. Their approach is to build diversified and tax-efficient investment portfolios. Similar to other automated investment platforms, FutureAdvisor recommends low fee exchange traded funds in their portfolios in accord with the consumers risk profile. The company also rebalances your portfolio when necessary.

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After a 3 month free trial, the investment management fee is 0.50% of AUM. As with all funds, there are also low underlying ETF management charges.

The paid FutureAdvisor features include:

  • Access to licensed financial advisors and service specialists
  • Tax-loss harvesting
  • Portfolio dashboard with overview of past performance, trades and holdings
  • On the dashboard, rortfolio health is graded according to performance, fees, tax efficiency and diversification

The Robo-Advisor Pros Takeaway

Investment portfolio management software is useful to track returns, asset allocations and individual investment performance. From DIY spreadsheets to robo-advisors, there are many available options. Choosing an investment management system ultimately depends upon the features you’re seeking. Regardless of which option you choose, the free Personal Capital dashboard provides excellent investment insights and is quick to set up. It’s worth signing up for Personal Capital, whether you choose another option or not, because of the detailed investment tracking and it’s free.

In addition to these top 6 investment portfolio management programs, there are many additional low fee robo-advisors for your investment management needs. Check out our ever-growing Robo-Advisor Pros; Reviews and Commentary section.

Updated; October 8, 2018

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Barbara A. Friedberg, MBA, MS

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8 Comments

  1. Wells Chris
    March 2, 2018 at 8:38 pm — Reply

    Are there no stand alone portfolio analysis tools that don’t come with “advice”?

  2. Ryan M
    March 23, 2018 at 2:18 pm — Reply

    If you create an account on Personal Capital, expect constant phone calls to your house phone, your smart phone, emails…in other words, prepare to be bombarded.

    If being hassled continually is your idea of free then by all means, sign up.

    • April 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm — Reply

      Ryan, I use the free Personal Capital software and receive infrequent calls. In fact no more than a few times per year. And when I explain that I manage my own investments, they are quite courteous. I really appreciate the free software and think an occasional phone call from the company is a tiny price to pay for this free software. It’s actually more accurate than my Quicken software, which needs to be updated manually.

  3. July 3, 2018 at 8:55 pm — Reply

    I just started a Personal Capital account to check them out. Lots of folks in the personal finance blogging space use them. It’s impressive software. One of the things I was curious about was to see how/if they pursued me. I never hear bloggers talk about that part. So far, I’ve just received emails, no calls. I agree with you, Barbara. Having this kind of software for free is worth a few contacts.

    I’ve been a Mint user for quite awhile. I wanted to see how Personal Capital stacked up on that side. I’m a financial advisor, so won’t use them for that piece. I do, however, want to recommend services like this for people who want to do it themselves. There’s room for everyone.

    • July 6, 2018 at 4:31 pm — Reply

      Hi Fred,

      I love the free Personal Capital software. I have our entire family portfolio linked and the reports and features are wonderful. Although I’ve used Quicken for decades (and still do), I prefer the Personal Capital reports and interface as well as the platforms ability to automatically link all our accounts. (https://barbarafriedbergpersonalfinance.com/quicken-vs-personal-capital-review-money-management/)

      Yes, I receive regular calls from a Personal Capital financial advisor. Since I manage our own investments, I do not use their paid service. I don’t find the calls annoying, they’re a small price to pay for this amazing software!

  4. John Hale
    September 25, 2018 at 11:14 am — Reply

    What was the name of an online financial management tool that was discontinued 2 or more years ago?

    • October 7, 2018 at 1:21 pm — Reply

      So sorry, but I don’t know of a tool that was discontinued two years ago. I really like Personal Capital,and also use Quicken.

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