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15 Must-Have Apps For Investors

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15 Must-Have Apps For Investors

Today, the whole world is going mobile and fast. The role of mobile technology is increasing and has major impact on people’s day-to-day lives. Now, investors trust on their smart phones and tablets more than their laptops. Because of the increasing usage of mobile technology, app developers are working hard to meet the needs of these investors. There are a lot of great investment apps on the market; here are some worth checking out to stay on top.

1. MarketWatch

    Gather important financial news, global market stories, prices in real time and daily analysis of the market, this free app keep you updated with the stock market news, even when you’re on the go.

    Pros:Quick access to new stories with MarketWatch makes it that much easier to remain up to date with all that you need to know – required for any investor.

    Cons:This app requires to swipe up and down to check out the latest market update, which is spontaneous compared to swiping left and right and usual in other apps.

    2. Forbes Intelligent Investing

      If we talk about some trusted names in the financial world, there are few that can compete with Forbes. With video interviews, panel discussions, investment articles, and features relevant to the market, this is one app you can’t neglect.

      Pros:This app gives a good insight about the world of finance from valued professionals. It’s up to date and current news features and enables the user to save favorite videos and features.

      Cons:This app takes a disappointingly long time to open; with screen freezing issues, some sections are empty. The interviews with top experts in the field aren’t lively but just as you become captivated in an interview, the video freezes.

      3. Bloomberg

        When it comes to up-to-the-minute information on stocks, bonds, commodities, and currencies all over the world, few apps do it better than Bloomberg. Besides trackers for this info, which you can customize as you see fit, the app also offers breaking news and headlines from Bloomberg’s global journalism network. The app presents these features in an easy-to-use, highly eye-pleasing package.

        Pros:Bloomberg provides lots of customization options; Stock summary and Graphs that help investors make an informed decision.

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        Cons:Users with wide portfolios probably need more information than what Bloomberg app provides. User can’t hide news sections that are not relevant.

        4. SigFig

          SigFig stands out for going the extra mile to provide such service that could make it your most trusted adviser. SigFig will give all the information about the hidden fees, overcharges, drifting funds, and other problems that you might use to neglect. SigFig also offers suggestions to optimize your gains.

          Pros:This app gives you the best way to look at your stocks and other investments. Shows everything clearly, in the best format, suggests better investments according to their automatic algorithms.

          Cons:Many other investment apps offer complete services for storing and checking investment data and updating your portfolio; SigFig is no exception.

          5. AnalystRT

            If you’re one that uses analyst ratings as part of your research, check out AnalystRT. This app includes analyst ratings for thousands of stocks and allows you to create a watch-list for stocks that you’re considering to buy.

            Pros:With Analyst Rating Tracker, you can track Buy, Sell, Hold stocks ratings given by research analysts from world’s largest banks and research firms in the palm of your hands.

            Cons:There is no website interface for the data; you cannot access the same info from website.

            6. StockTouch

              This app features a unique view of global stocks and ETFs. You can change the way it categories the stocks between percentage gains, market capitalization, volume, and alphabetical.

              Pros: This app has very attractive, responsive graphical interface that provides a quick view of market trends and charts and summary information.

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              Cons:You can’t monitor ETF’s, mutual funds, or stocks not categorized in the top 100 of their sector.

              7.ChartIQ

                Technical traders would love this app. In this app you can view, bar, line, candlestick or wave charts with various indicators. You can even include trend lines, remarks, rays, sections, and zig zags.

                Pros: all the news, posts and opinions from more than 200,000 users of ST can be viewed at the right of the screen.

                Cons: Some functionality just doesn’t respond

                8. E*TRADE

                  This is exactly an all-in-one app, that not only allows you to get real-time price quotations for almost any stock, ETF, mutual fund, or option, but you can also buy and sell them.

                  Pros: voice recognition, barcode scanning, educational videos, research reports and additional chart features are added in this app.

                  Cons: Once orders executed, there is no functionality available to easily close out positions from the menu.

                  9. Motif

                    Motif Investing helps you in making your investment strategies in a safe environment. The app uses themed portfolios to explain the ups and downs of function markets and gives a valuable learning experience.

                    Pros: Motif does offer investors the opportunity to essentially create their own ETFs.

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                    Cons: Motif doesn’t offer the trading tools and research opportunities of some traditional brokerages

                    10. Personal Capital

                      Personal Capital simplifies procedures by giving you a platform to organize all of your investment information in one suitable place. The app’s greatest deal is its simplicity and effectiveness; it will shorten your broad financial status in into a concise summary.

                      Pros: Personal Capital can be used on your computer, smart phone or tablet. This makes it easy to check or track accounts on the go.

                      Cons: There really isn’t much bad about this app. It’s exceptional for a free tool.

                      11. Stock Twits

                        StockTwits is just like Twitter for traders. Along with the Twitter-style feed, there are some traders who also post charts and videos offeringfree technical analysis. If you’re a short-term broker, this is very useful app to watch and top of all, it’s free.

                        Pros: StockTwits is ideally suitable for those who need a social network to keep them updated in to what other investors are thinking and doing.

                        Cons: Twitter feed doesn’t update often enough, the stream doesn’t automatically update.

                        12. CNBC Real-Time

                          The CNBC Real-Time app gives you free access to real-time stock prices – before, during and after market hours, straight from both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Marketplace.

                          Pros: In this app, additionally you will receive CNBC breaking news alerts, top news stories & analysis, and access to the latest CNBC business video clips, interviews and market updates.

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                          Cons: The ads in this app are problematic and exhausting. The previous version was reasonably good as the ads used to take a very little space. However the current version has the 10 percent of the content space and ads never disappears.

                          13. Daily Stocks

                            The Daily Stocks app can provide you all the technical updates of the market and is aimed to focus on trends in the marketplace built on some technical analytical techniques. This kind of information is mainly the field of fairly serious traders.

                            Pros: Daily Stocks works great in landscape and portrait mode, but landscape mode shows you a little more information and it’s very easy to use.

                            Cons: There is lack of international markets data information; means that non-US investors will find it somewhat inadequate.

                            14. Yahoo Finance

                              Yahoo Finance app is a complete finance place. It delivers breaking news, related market synopses, lending rates, and other financial news. In this app, there are segments for investing, news & estimation, personal finance, and tools for chasing the market and creating an online portfolio.

                              Pros: Yahoo Finance is complete and has information for every investor, regardless of experience or knowledge.

                              Cons: The data loading issues and the overall usage make it not nearly as user friendly.

                              15. Stock Guru

                                Stock Guru is a robust engine that delivers real time study for nearly 7,000 stocks. You can analyze risk, drive, financial power and a exclusive guru rating that sums up all of the data for those who don’t want to dive into the details.

                                Pros: This is the only hedge fund holding tracking app in the market to view hedge funds.

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                                Cons: One downside in this app is that it doesn’t have enough hedge funds in their database.

                                Featured photo credit: Simon Cunningham via lendingmemo.com

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                                Tayyab Babar

                                Tayyab is a PR/Marketing consultant. He writes about work, productivity and tech tips at Lifehack.

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                                33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

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                                33 Painless Ways to Save Money Now

                                In a difficult economy, most of us are looking for ways to put more money in our pockets, but we don’t want to feel like misers. We don’t want to drastically alter our lifestyles either. We want it fast and we want it easy. Small savings can add up and big savings can feel like winning the lottery, just without all of the taxes.

                                Some easy ways to save money:

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                                1. Online rebate sites. Many online sites offer cash back rebates and online coupons as well. MrRebates and Ebates are two I like, but there are many others.
                                2. Sign up for customer rewards. Many of your favorite stores offer customer rewards on products you already buy. Take advantage.
                                3. Switch to compact fluorescent bulbs. The extra cost up front is worth the energy savings later on.
                                4. Turn off power strips and electronic devices when not in use.
                                5. Buy a programmable thermostat. Set it to lower the heat or raise the AC when you’re not home.
                                6. Make coffee at home. Those lattes and caramel macchiatos add up to quite a bit of dough over the year.
                                7. Switch banks. Shop around for better interest rates, lower fees and better customer perks. Don’t forget to look for free online banking and ease of depositing and withdrawing money.
                                8. Clip coupons: Saving a couple dollars here and there can start to add up. As long as you’re going to buy the products anyway, why not save money?
                                9. Pack your lunch. Bring your lunch to work with you a few days a week, rather than buy it.
                                10. Eat at home. We’re busier than ever, but cooking meals at home is healthier and much cheaper than take-out or going out. Plus, with all of the freezer and pre-made options, it’s almost as fast as drive-thru.
                                11. Have leftovers night. Save your leftovers from a few meals and have a “leftover dinner.” It’s a free meal!
                                12. Buy store brands: Many generic or store brands are actually just as good as name brands and considerably cheaper.
                                13. Ditch bottled water. Drink tap water if it’s good quality, buy a filter if it’s not. Get 
                                    a reusable water bottle and refill it.
                                  • Avoid vending machines: The items are usually over-priced.
                                  • Take in a matinee. Afternoon movie showings are cheaper than evening times.
                                  • Re-examine your cable bill. Cancel extra cable or satellite channels you don’t watch. Watch the “on demand” movie purchases too.
                                  • Use online bill pay. Most banks offer free online bill paying. Save on stamps and checks, and avoid late fees by automating bill payment.
                                  • Buy frequently used items in bulk. You get a lower per item price and eliminate extra trips to the store later on.
                                  • Fully utilize the library. Borrowing books is much cheaper than buying them, but in addition to books, most local libraries now lend movies and games.
                                  • Cancel magazine/newspaper subscriptions: Re-evaluate your subscriptions. Cancel those you don’t read and consider reading some of the other publications online.
                                  • Get rid of your land-line. Do you really need a land-line anymore if everyone in the family has a cell phone? Alternatively, look into using VOIP or getting a cheaper plan.
                                  • Better fuel efficiency. Check the air pressure in your tires, keep up with proper auto maintenance, and slow down. Driving even 5MPH slower will result in better fuel mileage.
                                  • Increase your deductibles. Increasing the insurance deductibles on your homeowners and auto insurance policies lowers premiums significantly. Just make sure you choose a deductible that you can afford should an emergency happen.
                                  • Choose lunch over dinner. If you do want to dine out occasionally, go at lunchtime rather than dinnertime. Lunch prices are usually cheaper.
                                  • Buy used:  Whether it’s something small like a vintage dress or a video game or something big like a car or furniture, consider buying it used. You can often get “nearly new” for a fraction of the cost.
                                  • Stick to the list. Make a list before you go shopping and don’t buy anything that’s not on the list unless it’s a once in a lifetime, killer deal.
                                  • Tame the impulse. Use a self-enforced waiting period whenever you’re tempted to make an unplanned purchase. Wait for a week and see if you still want the item.
                                  • Don’t be afraid to ask. Ask to have fees waived, ask for a discount, ask for a lower interest rate on your credit card.
                                  • Repair rather than replace. You can find directions on how to fix almost anything on the internet. Do your homework, and then bring out your inner handyman.
                                  • Trade with your neighbors. Borrow tools or equipment that you use infrequently and swap things like babysitting with your neighbors.
                                  • Swap online. Use sites like PaperBack Swap to trade books, music, and movies with others online. Also, look for local community sites like Freecycle where people give away items they no longer need.
                                  • Cut back on the meat. Try eating a one or two meatless meals every week or cut back on the meat portions. Meat is usually the most expensive part of the meal.
                                  • Comparison shop: Get in the habit of checking prices before you buy. See if you can get a better price at another store or look online.

                                  Remember that saving money is not about being cheap or stingy; it’s about putting money into your bank account rather than giving it to someone else. There are many ways to save money, some you’ve never thought of, and some that won’t appeal or apply to you. Just pick a few of the ideas that sound doable and watch the savings add up. Save big, save small, but save wherever you can.

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