For years I have used Googles portfolio viewer to track stocks in my portfolios. It was fast, had plenty of fundamental and technical data, and allowed easy tracking of news related to the portfolios. Unfortunately, in the middle of November, Google deprecated their portfolio feature, leaving me to wander around for a better portfolio viewer.
I will miss the old Google interface:
Well organized and to the point. I thought that with all the portfolio managers around, I shouldn’t have problems finding a new one. My requirements were pretty simple. Ability to track multiple portfolios, show daily price changes at a glance, and allow you to add stocks to a portfolio in bulk – i.e paste a string of symbols in to add stocks. So I looked far and wide at all the various offerings, paid and free, and it took me a long time to settle on one that I liked. The one I settled on? The folks at Seeking Alpha seem to have created the best one I could find:
It meets all my requirements, has a clean interface with access to lots of stock financial information. It doesn’t have the technical tools that Google Finance had, but I can do without that most of the time, and can probably find another source of that information when I need it. One issue I have noticed is in the morning right after the market opens, it appears to be pretty sluggish. My guess is a lot of people are finding this tool, and they are experience higher traffic now that Google has dropped out.
I would have been willing to pay for a full featured portfolio tracker, but I couldn’t find one that met my needs. Maybe its time for some startup to really take advantage of the opening left by Google Finance’s changes.
In the meantime, I am very pleased with the tool Seeking Alpha has provided. Check it out if you are looking for a new portfolio tracker.
Note to Readers: This article was not sponsored in any way by Seeking Alpha. I have written articles and been compensated by Seeking Alpha for those articles, but this is a personal blog post initiated by me and unrelated to my relationship with Seeking Alpha.