Checks And Balances

Quicken Easy

With Quicken Deluxe 98, Intuit is also looking at capturing the serious investor. But for those less interested in investing, there's Quicken Basic 98 ($39.95). Another version of this product may also appeal to you--Quicken Home and Business 98 ($89.95). This product helps small-business owners manage personal and business finances with a single program. You can do invoicing, track reimbursable expenses and more without having to learn a cumbersome accounting program.

A major difference between Money and Quicken is Quicken's emphasis on household issues, such as recording a home inventory, tracking home and auto loans, and even looking up insurance quotes on the Web. There's also online investment tracking and trading, and plenty of links to market information. Quicken Deluxe even includes an area for keeping important financial records, so family members can easily access all the information they need in case of an emergency.

At the core of this product, however, are your accounts. And Quicken does a great job of giving users all the tools they need to effectively and easily manage their money. The graphical interface is easy to navigate, and improved functions make banking nearly enjoyable.

As with Money 98, Quicken auto-fills memorized transactions so you're not forced to retype data that already resides in your computer. Then there are the new alerts for upcoming bills or other events, such as important tax dates or times when your account balance is getting low.

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This article was originally published in the May 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Checks And Balances.

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