MSP just got better!
MSP now has super fast Direct Import of share prices from the
Internet. Calculations, which MSP previously needed to make, are
now made on an internet based server. This means a super fast
import - on our test labs laptop which runs a Core2 Duo 2.2GHz
Intel processor the import of one day's prices and announcements
takes less than two minutes, and that's loading into a database
that already contains more than two million records!
Combine that with MSP's capability to automatically import
the prices each day by using Windows inbuilt Task Scheduler and
yesterday's chore is today's non-issue.
We think this makes MSP the best share price software
available and are confident that if you review the share price
software available that you will agree.
Just in time for the holidays! The latest MSP includes an online
component allowing you to check your portfolio while on the move.
Can't be bothered lugging the laptop around? No problem. MSP Online
can be used on something as simple as a mobile phone. During testing
we used the most basic mobile we could find - a Samsung SGH-A411.
MSP Online worked fine with the in-built browser and even better
with the Opera Mobile browser.
With MSP Online you can copy a watch list from your regular MSP
to the MSP server. With privacy in mind you can save the watch list
to your mobile phone, delete it from the MSP server, and then load
it back next time you need it. Of course, you can also make changes
to the watch list while it is stored on the server.
From version 5.09 you can compact any of the three databases
used by MSP from the Tools menu on the main menu. When the compact
has finished MSP will tell you how much space has been saved.
When records are deleted from a Microsoft Access database they
are not actually removed from the database but are just flagged
as deleted. This makes things work faster but periodically
the deleted records should be purged by compacting the database
to bring it back to a reasonable size.
Also new to version 5.09 is highlighting of the current row
in any of the views. This is particularly useful when you are carrying
out an action on the context menu based on the current row. For
instance when you right click on an announcement in the announcements
view it is immediately apparent which announcement will be downloaded.
The highlighted row also acts as a place marker so that if you
sort the rows in the view, the same record remains highlighted.
For instance you may be looking at BHP in the Daily Share Prices
view and notice that it has increased markedly. You could then sort
by the per cent column and see what other shares have increased
by a similar amount. BHP would still retain the highlight allowing
you to easily find your place.
New features introduced in version 5.08 allowed for
- multiple instances of a single window.
- rolling up of multiple parcels.
- filtering by share code.
Let's look at these features in more detail:
Multiple instances of a single window
In previous versions, each window could only be opened once.
For example, say you were displaying the share price history
for Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) and then wanted to see
the share price history for National Australia Bank (NAB).
In previous versions, the window displaying CBA would close and
reopen displaying NAB.
Now the CBA window will remain open and a new instance, or copy,
of the share price history form will open for NAB and you can compare
the two side by side.
This behaviour works for all views and graphs so that you can,
for example, view multiple graphs or multiple watch lists
side by side.
You can still reuse an existing form by selecting the new share
code from the context menu.
Rolling up of multiple parcels.
In previous versions, you could enter more than one parcel of
shares for each company but had no way, other than maintaining two
watch lists, to see your total position for that company.
Now a context menu option allows you to roll up all parcels for
a given company.
As a related feature, the information on each parcel in the Watch
List has been expanded to include the acquisition date and a parcel
This allows MSP to work out the average annual gain for each
parcel, as well as for the company as a whole.
Filtering by share code
The new filtering option available from the context menu allows
you to restrict your view to the currently selected company.
The summary totals reflect the filtering giving similar values
to those you would get by rolling up, but in this case the details
information is still available.
Version 5.07 introduced downloads of company announcements
from the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX). Each time MSP downloads
share prices from
from Yahoo! it
checks for the latest ASX announcements. A star will appear next
to any share in your watch list that has an announcement. If the
announcement is market sensitive the star will be replaced by an
exclamation mark. A right click will show you the list of announcements
for a share and then a double-click will display the actual announcement.
You can download up to six months of announcements which
certainly should aid your research. That is a lot of announcements
but MSP will allow you to filter them by date, company, and market
sensitivity so you can select those likely to be of interest to
Another new feature is the Bulk Download. This lets you download
as many consecutive days of data as you require. All you need to
do is click on the first day to be downloaded and then
on the last day to be downloaded. Press the Download button and
MSP downloads free share prices from the internet and then allows
you to analyse and graph them using its built in views. You can
setup as many watch lists as you like. You can view as many of these
at one time as you want. By entering the number of shares you own
through MSP's watch list manager, you can see the value of your
portfolio at any given time. By setting up a watch list for all
your shares for the last day of the financial year, you can instantly
value your portfolio at that point of time. Ideal for the Small
and Medium Superannuation Fund (SMSF).
You can even see how these shares have performed over time using
MSP's Market Gain view. For this, you will need to enter the opening
value of each share you hold through MSP's Watch List Manager. The
Market Gain view will then show you the overall gain as well as
the gain for the financial year and over the previous 12 months.
If you're looking for buying opportunities you will want to look
at the Trading Range view and the comparison graphs.
The Trading Range view shows which shares are currently priced towards
the bottom (or top) of their trading range. It can tell you in percentage
terms just where the share sits in the range and the percentage
it is above its low and the percentage below its high.
The comparison graphs allow you to compare one share with another
or one watch list with another. This can give you an idea of which
of two similar share may make a better investment or which of two
industry groups may be performing better.
The new version 5.096
is available for download from this site.
As always, this is a free upgrade for existing users.