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15 Must-Have Apps For Investors

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.

                                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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                                Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

                                Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

                                Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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                                1. Visit a strawberry festival

                                Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

                                2. Have a picnic

                                Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

                                3. Camp in your back yard

                                  The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

                                  4. Take long walks

                                  Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

                                  5. Break a world record

                                  Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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                                  6. Go on a bike ride

                                  The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

                                  7. Join a gym class

                                    The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

                                    8. Find a new hobby

                                    The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

                                    9. Join a sports team

                                    Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

                                    10. Make a slip ‘n slide

                                      Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

                                      11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

                                      Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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                                      12. Visit a free festival

                                      Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

                                      13. Visit the zoo

                                        Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

                                        14. Take a road trip

                                        Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

                                        15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

                                          Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

                                          16. Make your own ice cream

                                          Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

                                          17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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                                            When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

                                            18. Get a summer job

                                            For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

                                            19. Attend a charity event

                                            Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

                                            20. Visit a national park

                                            National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

                                            21. Visit your local comedy club

                                              Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                                              22. Make your own hammock

                                                Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                                                23. Read in your new hammock

                                                Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                                                24. Watch a movie outside

                                                Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                                                25. Take a hike

                                                  Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                                                  26. Learn how to fly a kite

                                                  As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                                                  27. Work out at the park

                                                  American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                                                  28. Take your dog to the beach

                                                    One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                                                    29. Make a summer smoothie

                                                    Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                                                    30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                                                    No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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