In this blog, I’d like to follow up on an article I wrote for Investment Advisor magazine’s January issue. In it, I discussed four different software packages. As a result, I’ve received several e-mails from advisors who were in the process of selecting a package for themselves, so I thought I’d go into a little more detail about my choice.
For years I used Morningstar Principia to prepare portfolio analysis reports and to research investments. Then, earlier this past year, I began using Morningstar Advisor Workstation. After a few months with this, I switched back to Principia, only to finally settle on Advisor Workstation at the beginning of 2008. Now you may be thinking, “Can’t this guy make up his mind?” I began to wonder the same thing myself. The problem is, with so many nuances of each tool, it’s difficult to choose the very best one. Ultimately, you have to go with the one that best suits the type of business you do.