Software & Gear Equity genealogyResearching the ancestry of an equity - its swaps, spin-offs, mergers, splits and other corporate actions - is a task so complicated it would daunt even a Mormon genealogist. But much as the Mormons have made genealogical research easier by aggregating vast quantities of generational data, the BasisPro Cost Basis Analyzer, from GainsKeeper (part of Wolters Kluwer Financial Services) makes cost-basis research easier with a database of historical information for thousands of different equities.

BasisPro automates the process through a Web interface, and can return detailed answers for individual securities in seconds. Even better, if the database doesn't have an answer, GainsKeeper's staff will provide the requested cost-basis information within 48 hours, and also update the database.

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