Mutual Fund Selector,
John Sweeney, Editor
Rugg & Steele, Inc.
6433 Topanga Canyon Boulevard,
Canoga Park, CA 91303
Product: Data and review/filter/ selection software for equity and fixed income funds.
Prices: $299 with either equity or fixed income data; $499 with both sets of data. Quarterly data
subscription: $199 for one or $299 for both. Monthly data subscription: $299 for one or $499 for both.
Don Rugg sent us a free copy of Mutual Fund Selector in hopes it would stimulate a review, and
indeed it has. Mutual Fund Selector is right up there with the big boys in its features and implementation.
Running the program on a 286-based machine, we found a very quick and thorough program, which,
incidentally, absorbed just under 900K of space on our hard disk. MFS will run on a floppy-based
configuration with 256K, but it will be at its best in 640K and a fast-access hard disk.
Included with the program is a ton of data on the equity and fixed income universes of mutual funds.
Starting out, you pick one or the other and, after a small delay to load the entire set of data into memory,
there it is: 1,171 stock funds or 944 fixed income funds. (Naturally, we were sent the whole package.
You can save money by picking one or the other and you get a $100 discount if you buy both.)