MSMoneyQuotes by Gaier Software, LLC
[UPDATE 1/3/2015] Dan has just released version 2.0 for 2015 that obtains financial data from an entirely new online quote service built for the new MSN.com and MSN Money websites, and is also used by the Windows 8 Finance app. The new online quote service is more reliable, has better symbol coverage, and should be here to stay for a long time. It is backed by a Morningstar quote feed and should prove to be more useful to more users than MSN.com has been this past year!
Well, I stated in my previous blog post that this addon program looked promising, and indeed, even though Money is offline now, with MSMoneyQuotes, we once again have the ability of feeding live (20 minutes delayed) MSN online quotes data into our Money database once again – even if your Money program isn’t currently running! For those using Pocketsense, simply make sure that you run this program prior to Pocketsense each day (or stop retrieving quotes with Pocketsense ~ comment them out in sites.dat file by inserting # in first column, and use it for statement downloads only) so that your quote price is input into Money as online rather than update. Online allows for continuous updating throughout that day whereas Update only holds the first price entered that day. There is even an option for updating quotes every 15 minutes like Money used to do!
[[UPDATE 5/13/2014] Cal brought up a good point in his review of my review 😉 ” We remember that quotes used to be a big factor in the size growth in Money files. So maybe some of us might run two Money files… one with all of the investment info, and one slower-growing. Anyway, it does honor Money’s selection of about what quotes get downloaded. “ By running Pocketsense prior to MSMoneyQuotes and keeping active those stocks that a representative stock price only is adequate (no other quote data is needed) by listing them in your sites.dat file, you will retain much less data in your Money file. Those stocks that you really wish to retain all of the MSN quote data for will still be entered into Money as long as MSMoneyQuotes is the source of that data. Or you could use this strategy once per month to gather and save the detailed data, using Pocketsense for the other days… Very versatile!!
In addition to Last Price, you’ll also see the following fields updated by MSMoneyQuotes if the MSN site has things set up correctly: change, open, high, low, 52 week high, 52 week low, ask, beta, bid, market cap, shares outstanding, PE, volume, and yield.
Many of my blog readers were involved in the Beta trial and based on the terrific feedback provided, Dan Gaier has come up with a very compact and efficient program that has many powerful options which weren’t available in the original trial release. Well worth the $9.99 lifetime purchase price and in conjunction with Pocketsense, Money really feels like it’s online again! If you would like to try or buy the program – click here. In addition to those of us already using this program, the program’s author will be monitoring this thread so feel free to ask questions by leaving a comment here if the official support page doesn’t answer your questions. You also have the option of emailing Dan Gaier directly at email@example.com. Thank you Dan for making this available to Money diehards!!!! Long live MS Money offline – it’s already been 4 years.