I’ve been investing in the stock market for a long long time now, and in the early days, kept a written record and then used Excel or Open Office Calc to track my stock portfolio and other investments. Over a period of time, as the portfolio grew, it became cumbersome to keep inputting the data manually whenever there were any changes.
Till recently I’ve been using Microsoft Money to do this, along with the ET Portfolio Tracker for stocks and Valueresearchonline one for mutual funds. There are portfolio tools with demat & online trading providers too. I use Sharekhan, HDFC Securities and ICICIDirect, and am not too enthused about their portfolio trackers.