I've been successfully updating prices with the 1020 version of Quotes and Exchange Rate Updater with the new Alphavantage connection. In the last week or so, many of my updates fail. I can add them by hand with the Security Price Entry if I get the current price some other way. I don't understand why about half of my updates fail.
I agree that ideally MD would have built in services to update securities prices and exchange rates. However, Yahoo turned off their free service. Since then InfinteKind has been looking for a service to provide the data. For the USA there is Alphavantage, however, they too have reduced the free service.
The way I see it is that the cost of Moneydance is relatively low, effectively $49 for 2 major releases (about 2-3 years) and support is free. I think we are getting a lot for the money. There is an active user community that not only help people with how to use Moneydance but also add to the functionality through extensions.
There are a few ways of getting prices, one which is ‘offline’ and now one that competes with Quotes and Exchange Rates extension that uses Alphavantage. Remember the Q&ER solution is an extension so effectively is an external solution.
You can take a stance that InfinteKind should fix everything but In my opinion you will be waiting a long time. Alternatively you can become part of the community and use the help and tools available.
I can enthusiastically endorse the external third party system that has recently been made extremely easy to install and use. You install two extensions, drag a jar file to the MD window, and that's all. It works, it's fast, and it's easy.
I can also rate the external third party solution as excellent,
especially that it integrates two tools into one easy process. It is
fast and reliable. (yes, I do check the results by going to the Yahoo