MacTicker

MacTicker has all the stock market information you could need – whether you’re an enthusiastic amateur or a financial giant. Not only does it give an update of the latest stock prices, but it can also show reports, the latest indexes, and prices for mutual funds. However, before I get down business, I have to mention the little features MacTicker possesses – the features that make the difference between a blue chip and a bag of chips. MacTicker is fully customizable, allowing you to change the speed at which the ticker scrolls across the screen, the font it uses and the colours displayed. You can also specify the size of the ticker, the rate that it updates prices at – anything from one minute to one hour for stocks and indexes – and the size and detail of the reports it shows you. The information it shows can also be changed. If you want your prices in decimals, fine. If you want them in fractions, no problem. The ticker can also display the stock-market code for a company – MOT, for Motorola for example – or give the company’s name in full. A full list of the codes would be a useful addition. I decided to see how Apple was doing. Reassuringly, it was close to its 52-week high of $62. Even more reassuringly, this was up from a 52-week low of $28.50. If only I had invested a year ago. Then I checked out Microsoft, hoping against hope that the evil empire would be in free-fall. It wasn’t. Once you have checked out the companies you want, MacTicker will help you trade. Simply go to a drop-down menu at the bottom of each report, click on Trade, and you go straight to your favourite trading site. MacTicker will fill in the name and code for the stock you want to trade – all you have to do is choose the right time.

OUR VERDICT

MacTicker is perfect for the hobbyist trader; you can keep an eye on the stock market all day, without being too distracted from your work. If you dabble in the markets, or need to keep a constant track for work, MacTicker is for you.

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