About alerts

Money includes three types of alerts: Windows Live Alerts, Advisor FYI alerts, and Insights alerts. Using these types of alerts together can help you keep on top of what's happening with your money.

Windows Live Alerts are delivered to you by Windows Live Messenger or e-mail. They provide you with up-to-date information about your accounts and finances. You can set up Windows Live Alerts to notify you when your account balances go above or below an amount you specify, and when new articles are available from the most popular columnists in MSN Money. You can also get information by subscribing to e-mail newsletters, such as a daily market summary or the MSN Money Taxes newsletter.

Advisor FYI alerts appear throughout Money to alert you of upcoming events, help you make smarter financial decisions, and direct you to areas of Money where you can refine your budgets and settings. They appear in response to data you've entered in Money. You can view a summary of your recent Advisor FYI alerts on the Alerts center page or in your monthly reports.

Insights alerts are displayed in the Windows notification area to the far right of the taskbar. Insights can alert you when you have an overdue or upcoming bill, and when your spending in a tracked budget category exceeds 75 percent or 100 percent of your spending limit for the category. When you have an Insights alert, the Insights icon changes to the Insights alert icon . Click the icon to open Insights and view your alert.