Tough economic times bring out the need for well-monitored cash flow, and the products to help. Two worth considering:

* Up Your Cash Flow. An appealing software package whose best feature is a forecasting element that can alert CEOs to potential bottom-line effects of changes in the economy. It's available for PC compatibles for $99.95 from Granville Publications Software, at 800-873-7789.

* Forest & Trees. A pricier, more comprehensive software package ($495). It offers the ability to customize the screen with views of business data, updating various financial aspects. Available for PC compatibles from Channel Computing, at 800-289-0053. -- Jill Andresky Fraser.