Effective investment management can make or break your future. The shocking evidence is not nearly enough of us do it.
A recent Gallup Poll found that 24% of US investors barely even look at their portfolio while only just over half have actively sought financial advice.
While it’s understandable that people shy away from the complexities, risk, expense and time of investment management, “winging it” like this is arguably even riskier for your financial future.
The good news is that nowadays, your Mac can be your most effective investment instrument.
There’s some incredibly powerful investment tracking software that can do the hard work for you and cut out expensive financial advisory fees.
Most of these portfolio management software tools cost a fraction of what it costs to consult a financial advisor and in some cases like Personal Capital even offer free investment software.
Investment Software vs Personal Finance Apps
Before jumping-in head first into our look at the best ones, there’s an important distinction to be made between personal finance software and investment management software.
Investment tracking apps are mainly dedicated to managing and optimizing your investments. They are different to personal finance tools which are more focused on budgeting and getting your finances in order.
Of course, many personal finance apps also “do” investment tracking but we’ve found that they are nowhere near as effective as dedicated wealth management software which is what we’ve focused on here.
If you’re also interested in budgeting applications on Mac, we recommend taking a look at some of our selection of the best personal finance software for Mac users (particularly if you’ve had enough of Quicken).
With this in mind, here then is our list of the best investment software for Mac of 2018 in order of ranking.
Without a doubt, when it comes to investment tracking, no app does it better than Personal Capital.
Personal Capital is 100% focused on investment management and does it extremely effectively. Even better, Personal Capital is free to use. Personal Capital uses a unique business model that only charges you a commission if you choose to consult with one of its financial advisors.
The app itself is completely free to use for as long as you want and can instantly optimize investments. Here’s some of the things that we liked the most about Personal Capital:
- It brings all your investment accounts into one place
- It doesn’t actually touch your assets – it merely syncs with your investment institutions
- It instantly reveals insights into spending, saving and retirement goals
- You can run useful “what-if” scenarios based on investment decisions or life changes
- You can analyze fees to see where brokers and fund management commissions are eating into your investments
- If you need guidance, you can choose to consult a Personal Capital financial advisor. What we really like about this is that their advisors are fiduciaries which means they have a legal and ethical responsibility to advise you in your best interests – not those of a fund manager or investment house.
Overall, we’ve found nothing that does personal investment tracking better than Personal Capital which is why we’ve rated it the best portfolio app for Mac users.
You can start using Personal Capital now for free to try for yourself.
You can also check out our complete Personal Capital review for a more in-depth look.
If you’re an experienced investor that likes a more hands-on approach to portfolio management, then StockMarket Eye could be your answer. StockMarket Eye is not a robo-advisor like most investment apps but allows you to make investment decisions based on the overview it provides.
StockMarket Eye doesn’t have a flashy interface (it looks quite Windows inspired) but it’s a very detailed investment portfolio tool, especially for those with significant holdings in stocks.
StockMarket Eye gives you an overview of all your stocks and investments plus gives you the ability to add virtual portfolios and portfolios of family if you want to.
StockMarket Eye works on both Mac and Windows and some of the features include:
- Portfolio management
- Investment idea tracking
- Fast, dynamic stock charts
- Stock price alerts
- On-line sync to iOS/Android apps
- International markets and currencies
- Stocks, ETFs, Mutual Funds, Options, FX
One of the particular things we like about StockMarket Eye on Mac is that it sends configurable alerts to your desktop when specific things have happened or have been triggered.
There’s also a StockMarket Eye iPad app which synchronizes the desktop version so you can track your portfolio on the move.
If you feel confident shifting your own funds about without the advice of roboadvisor software or if you want something to complement your favorite stock trading platform, StockMarket Eye is an impressive tool.
StockMarket Eye isn’t actually available from the Mac App Store but you can download the desktop client from the developer website.
Future Advisor is a slick personal investment tracking software that promises to take your investment accounts and “make them smarter”.
It does this by managing accounts holistically to ensure that you’re getting the maximum tax advantages and growth from your investments no matter how spread-out they are.
It’s important to be aware that Future Advisor doesn’t actually hold your funds although it does require them to be deposited with Fidelity and TD Ameritrade Institutional. If you’re already a customer with these institutions, then you’re good to go although Future Advisor will automatically transfer funds from another institution into a Fidelity or TD Ameritrade account for you.
Although it’s not necessary if you just use the app, Future Advisor also allows you to consult a financial advisor for specialized guidance on your specific portfolio. Otherwise, everything is managed by an algorithm to optimize your holdings. What’s reassuring is that like Personal Capital, Future Advisor works as a fiduciary which means it’s legally and ethically bound to put your interests first.
Future Advisor suggests balancing your portfolio based on fundamentals such as your age and risk tolerance.
In terms of cost, Future Advisor’s retirement planning features and 401(k) advice is completely free. This alone is worth a test drive just to see how it could help you save for your pension.
Future Advisor charges 0.5% annually on managed assets which is slightly higher than other products although we think it’s still very reasonable for what’s a slick, effective and easy to use portfolio optimization tool.
Overall, Future Advisor is definitely one of the best investment apps for individuals of all ages and you’ve got nothing to lose by trying it for free.
WiseBanyan is a free portfolio management software that doesn’t charge any investment management, trading or re-balancing fees. WiseBanyan is a robo-advisor service with a particular focus on small time investors.
The great thing about WiseBanyan is that there’s no minimum investment fee. WiseBanyan mainly makes money from its tax harvesting tools which amount to 0.25% of assets being managed.
WiseBanyan works by asking you questions and then creating a customized portfolio of exchange traded funds based on your risk tolerance.
There are also WiseBanyan mobile apps for iPhone, Android and even iWatch to track how your assets are performing.
It’s important to be aware that whereas tools like Personal Capital never actually touch your cash (it only links to your accounts) – WiseBanyan handles your investments directly. However, all cash and securities held in WiseBanyan accounts are protected by SIPC up to $500,000, with a limit of $250,000 for cash but it’s something to bear in mind before opening an account.
Although it’s free to use, there are also add-ons that cost a few dollars which enable you to track clusters of stocks such as Blockchain Stocks, Internet Innovator Stocks and Socially Minded Stocks.
We have heard complaints of slow withdrawals from WiseBanyan, some taking up to a couple of weeks. While it’s not unusual for transfers to require clearance from investment services, this sounds like a long time to wait.
Nevertheless, if you’re a small investor, WiseBanyan is one of the few investment tracking tools that’s free, whatever your balance.
Quicken is one of the most well-known personal finance software out there and Quicken Premier is the most complete version of it.
Quicken Premier For Mac includes specific focus on investment and is the only Quicken product you should be looking it at if you need investment tracking features.
In our opinion, some of the strengths of Quicken Premier For Mac 2018 are:
- It allows you to see how investments are performing with informed buy/sell decisions
- We like the Portfolio X-Ray tool from Morningstar which drills down into your portfolio diversification
- You can quickly see realized and unrealized gains with updated quotes
- It gives recommendations to minimize tax on investments
- There are customizable investment portfolio views with IRR & ROI
- Investment Lot tracking
However, it’s considerably behind the other investment tools featured here because ultimately that’s not the main focus of Quicken products. Quicken Premier is primarily for those that want a budgeting tool and investment tracker rolled into one. However, if that’s what you’re looking for Quicken Premier is definitely worth trying although one big drawback is that it’s now only available on subscription.
For a more in-depth look at Quicken, check out our full Quicken 2018 review.
If you’re already a Quicken user and are thinking of switching, also check out our look at some of the best replacements for Quicken on Mac.
SigFig uses a similar business model to Personal Capital although it’s not free. SigFig isn’t as comprehensive as Personal Capital but it is a bit better when it comes to minimizing your tax liability as it is constantly reinvesting and re-balancing your portfolio.
SigFig is free up to the first $10,000 managed but after that it charges an annual 0.25% fee. You also need a minimum of $2000 to open a SigFig account.
SigFig only works with specific instutions but if you want it to, SigFig will automatically transfer funds from your accounts to TD Ameritrade, Charles Schwab and Fidelity.
Like Personal Capital, SigFig also offers a “Concierge Service” which is basically a personal investment advisor. A consultation with a SigFig financial advisor is free but be aware that they’re not a fiduciary.
Mint is from Intuit, the makers originally behind Quicken and is basically a simplified, free web-based version of the Quicken personal finance software.
If you’re looking for simple free investment portfolio tracking software on a Mac, Mint is perfect. It doesn’t offer much advice when it comes to optimization of your funds but it does clearly display how they’re doing.
You can compare your portfolio to market benchmarks and see all of your accounts in one place including 401(k), brokerage accounts, mutual funds and IRAs.
Although Mint can’t optimize your investments, it can spot where financial advisor fees, commissions or brokerage fees are eating into your assets.
For a free and easy to use investment tracking solution, Mint is ideal for simple loans and investments.
Which Is The Best Investment Software For Mac?
We think that Personal Capital is still the best investing software for Mac users when it comes to maximizing your assets. The fact that many of its features are free is the icing on the cake but the personal advisor fees are still some of the most competitive in the industry and well worth using.
Personal Capital is fast, efficient, doesn’t physically touch your assets and easy to use. The only slight drawback is that you may receive a call from one of Personal Capital’s advisory team but you there’s no obligation to use their services and you can continue using the app for free.
Mac Portfolio Management Software For Advisors
So far we’ve only looked at investment apps for individuals on Mac.
The following tools are aimed more at investment professionals, investment houses or small businesses that want an integrated investment and accounting software solution for Mac. These private equity deal software are aimed mainly at institutions or businesses. Although these services are all Cloud based, they can easily be used on Mac.
Here then is a quick overview of some popular software programs for investment managers that work on Mac.
eFront is for professionals looking to invest in private equity, real-estate, infrastructure, Private Debt and Funds of Hedge Funds. eFront provides solutions by asset class, investor type or need. eFront specializes in alternative investments and works with 850 clients across 48 countries.
VestServe has been around since 2001 and is a fully integrated investment management and accounting solution. VestServe is ideal for businesses looking to integrate front, middle and back office operations into one solution, VestServe manages over $100B in assets and provides integrated portfolio-management and accounting to major financial institutions and investment houses.
Need something that combines accounting with investment analysis? FundCount is a powerful solution for accounting and investment analysis aimed mainly at investment management professionals. FundCount is designed for small businesses, family offices, hedge funds, fund administrators and private equity firms to optimize efficiency and integrate accounting processes. FundCount is ideal for organizations looking for a portfolio partnership, general ledger accounting and reporting.
Running Windows Investment Tools On Macs
In these cases, the only option is to run Windows on your Mac using virtualization software such as Parallels. Parallels allows you to run Windows and macOS simultaneously so that you can switch between Windows and your Mac whenever you want.
However, running Windows on a Mac is not without problems. For one it takes a lot of your Mac’s memory and hard drive to run Windows and can end up slowing down the rest of the applications you’re using. It also doesn’t always give you the same features that PC users enjoy anyway, so you have to settle for certain features not working.
Our strong advice is to use one of the investment apps here rather than go down this route. You can read more about how to run Windows on Mac here.
We hope you find these financial investment software tracking tools help make the most of your money but if you have any experiences, suggestions or comments about the apps featured here, let us know in the comments below.
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