Table: Charting A Fiscal Future

PROGRAM/PUBLISHER       STREET PRICE    COMMENTS
      
      FIDELITY RETIREMENT         $15 Value is largely educational, showing virtues
      PLANNING THINKWARE              of saving early. Little flexibility to over-
      FIDELITY INVESTMENTS            ride assumptions on life expectancy, Social
                                      Security, etc.
      
      JONATHAN POND'S PERSONAL    $40 More an electronic book than a computational
      FINANCIAL PLANNER               tool. 
      VERTIGO DEVELOPMENT         $50 33 worksheets and quizzes in 235-page primer.
                                  CD-ROM 
      
      PRICE WATERHOUSE RE-        $45 Also offers $45 education and survivor income
      TIREMENT PLANNING SYSTEM        programs, and $15 "lite" versions of
      PRICE WATERHOUSE                retirement and education.
      
      QUICKEN FINANCIAL PLANNER   $40 Lets user distinguish each spouse's income and
      INTUIT                          retirement benefits, and to project periodic
                                      changes.
      
      QUICKEN PARENTS' GUIDE      $30 An electronic book that covers such topics 
      TO MONEY                 CD-ROM as child-care costs, insurance needs, and 
      INTUIT                          family budgeting.
      
      WEALTHBUILDER              $100 Strong portfolio-management capabilities. 
      (a.k.a. ERNST &                 Includes Reuters Money Network, a $10 to $25
      YOUNG'S PROSPER)                per month online service.
         REALITY ONLINE          
      
      DATA: BUSINESS WEEK
      

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