The Top 20 Investing Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch

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Stock trading has gone mobile. Today you can research stocks, keep tabs on your portfolio, and execute trades from pretty much anywhere. That’s thanks in large part to the popularity of mobile devices like the iPhone and Blackberry in the business world.

But with so many applications out there – more than 50,000 for iPhone alone as of last count – it’s hard to tell which ones are worthwhile and which are just worthless. That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best Investing Apps for the iPhone…

Now, with today’s release of the iPhone 3G S, traders will be able to make market moves even faster than before — in addition to checking the Penny Sleuth’s Twitter feed

While we can’t provide an exhaustive list of every investing application available for the iPhone and iPod Touch today, this should get you started with investing on the go:

1. Apple’s Stocks App
One of the biggest changes in Apple’s just-released iPhone 3.0 software was the newly improved Stocks app.  The reason that this app took the number-one spot in our Investing app countdown is simple: everyone has it.

Since Stocks comes on every single iPhone and iPod Touch that leaves the factory, it makes a whole lot of sense to use this program to keep track of your portfolio and find news and share data on stocks. The single best addition to Stocks is the interactive chart feature that you can access by holding your phone or iPod horizontally.

2. iSwim and E*Trade Mobile Pro
iSwim and E*Trade Mobile Pro are two new apps that are available free of charge from Thinkorswim and E*Trade, two of the more popular brokers out there. If you’re a client, you can execute trades in real-time from anywhere where you have cellular or Wi-Fi service, something that sets these two apps apart from the slew of apps that just provide quotes.

If you’re not a Thinkorswim or E*Trade client, you can still download these apps and use them to check out quotes on stocks and options.

3. Bloomberg
If you’re on the lookout for economic and investing news, Bloomberg’s self-named application is your best bet. That’s because addition to the standard stock quotes that all the rest of our top apps can provide, Bloomberg offers a feed of its award winning financial news service.

While the app isn’t quite as versatile as the company’s Bloomberg Anywhere app for Blackberry users who have a $1,700 monthly subscription to their professional service, the free iPhone app is definitely still worth checking out.

4. iTrade Stock Market Simulator
If you’re looking for a way to trade without putting your money on the line, the iTrade Stock Market Simulator might be a good solution for you. The app gives you a $100,000 virtual stock portfolio that you can use to hone your investing skills.

iTrade also features real-time stock quotes and investment research to make the trading simulation as realistic as possible.

5. Morningstar
Morningstar’s investment application is one of the newest additions to the stable. The app features investing ideas provided by the analysts at Morningstar.com. It’s also the app that’s most adept at providing data on mutual funds.

6. Forbes Intelligent Investing
One of the more interesting investing apps on the iTunes App Store is Forbes’ Intelligent Investing. The entertaining program contains a repository of Forbes articles, including market forecasts and commentary, and – more importantly – one-on-one investment videos with the pros.

7. Black Gold
If commodities are your cup of tea, Black Gold should be on your iPhone or iPod Touch. The app features mobile price-watching and charts for crude oil, gold, natural gas, and heating oil.

8. FX360
FX360 is a mobile window into the world of currency trading. This free app offers real-time forex quotes and commentary from the minds at Global Futures and Forex. If you’re new to trading currencies, the analysis you’ll find at FX360 should give you enough guidance to get your feet wet in the FX game.

9. TheStreet.com Mobile
If you’re a Jim Cramer fan, you shouldn’t miss TheStreet.com Mobile. This app lets you download your favorite news, commentary, and analysis from TheStreet.com, and read it on the go – even when you’re not within range of cellular service. TheStreet.com Mobile’s Cramer section offers articles from the “Mad Money” guru as well as access to continuously updated market data.

10. iStockManager
Are you a TD Ameritrade customer? If so, iStockManager lets you perform real money trades with your TD Ameritrade account. While this piece of software isn’t from the broker itself, it does offer a number of attractive features like streaming level II quotes, option chains, and account information. The iStockManager software is also available for Blackberry.

11. StockWatch
Another portfolio tracker from the makers of Black Gold.

12. Stock Charts
An interactive charting app that’s designed for mobile technical analysis. While this app isn’t free like the top ten, its feature set makes it worth taking a look at – especially if you trade based on charts.

13. TickerPicker
This inexpensive investing application features real-time pre-fab technical analysis charts. If the free options don’t do it for you, this could be an inexpensive alternative.

14. Financial Calculator
While this app isn’t strictly for investors, the featureset of this financial calculator make it indispensable if you’re working on complex financial valuations – or trying to price out bonds.

15. iFutures
This app is a step up from the free Black Gold app that made #7 on our list. It offers commodity traders a way to keep tabs on dozens of commodities, currencies, fixed income securities, and indices at all times.

16. Mad Stocks
Keep track of Jim Cramer’s stock picks with this easy-to-use app.

17. Risk Manager
One of the biggest questions new investors ask is: “How big should my positions be?” Rick Manager answers that question by telling you how much money to invest based on your pre-defined risk thresholds.

18. Thompson Reuters News Pro
Forget that expensive financial news subscription… this new app from Thompson Reuters gives you free access to professional grade news and market data.

19. Daily Finance
AOL’s investing app helps you keep track of your portfolio with real-time quotes and professional grade charting.

20. Mint
This all-encompassing personal finance app helps you keep track of your money by gathering up to date info on your bank, credit card, and investment accounts.

Hopefully, this list of investing apps will help you score penny stock profits even when you’re not sitting in front of your computer. And remember, if you think we missed an investing app that you just can’t live without, be sure to let us know in the comments!

Cheers,
Jonas Elmerraji

June 19, 2009


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Jonas Elmerraji

Jonas Elmerraji, CMT, is the co-editor of STORM Signals and Penny Stock Fortunes, and a contributor to Agora Financial’s Trend Playbook. Jonas got his start on the fundamental side of the market, poring over financial statements and valuations to find sound investments – today, he specializes in blending fundamental and technical analysis. Jonas is a senior contributor to TheStreet.com, and has been featured as an investment expert in Forbes, Investors Business Daily, and CNBC.com among others. 

Jonas holds a degree in financial economics from UMBC and the Chartered Market Technician designation.

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  4. I’m at scottrade what IPhone app would you suggest for me I like small cap & penny stocks only had the IPhone four weeks would like to trade from it during the day from work.
    Thanks
    Bobby S.

  5. Bobby,
    While Scottrade doesn’t have its own app right now, they do have an iPhone version of their web trading platform. Just visit http://m.scottrade.com on your iPhone to give it a shot…

  6. Thanks so much for the list Jonas. I am a new iPhone user and still learning, this helped tremendously. Stockcharts on my iPhone… excellent!

  7. Check out Stock Tracker Pro app i really like it for my needs.

    http://www.app007.com/?page_id=563

  8. [...] let us know which one you think is best in breed. (iPhone owners can too by visiting our list of the 20 best Investing Apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch) And remember, if you think we missed an investing app that you just can’t live without, be sure [...]

  9. Jonas,

    My investing app, Portfolio Armor, does something different from the ones mentioned above: it helps investors hedge their stocks and ETFs by showing them the optimal put options to give them the precise level of protection they want at the lowest cost.

    I’d be grateful if you considered reviewing it next time you write an article on investing apps.

  10. I believe that my fully integrated stock and stock options calculator application is very valuable to the novice and professional investor. The app called “total stock” calculates any variation of shares and stock options on a stock allowing the user to simulate a variety of trading strategies. The app is useful for anyone who wants to invest with options but is not sure how to calculate their intrinsic value based upon the price of the stock hitting different values. This application calculates the total profit or loss based on a combination of 64 different variations of buying and selling shares and options on a stock. The app also shows an optional data scrren for a full breakdown of the financial data. More info is available at: http://www.samztech.com/Products.html
    - Sam

  11. I use a lot of the apps in this list, but the secret ingredient in my investment process is the Insider Trades app on the iPhone store.

    It tells me what the directors of my stocks have been doing, a great indicator for investment.

  12. Check out Stocks Live. Real time quotes, plus over 50 market activities like gap up/down, most active, IPOs and more.

  13. #finance App: Must have iPad App for Finance & Markets professionals
    This #finance App is for Finance & Markets junkies and professionals alike and anyone interested in keeping up with current News and Analysis on the markets. The App continuously monitors and adjusts online source lists to include new analysts and publications as well as opinion leaders of note. This is one of the best stock market Apps on the iTunes Store. All their Apps are on http://www.algoryt.hm

  14. Thanks for such an informative article.

  15. I’ve used several of these apps and currently have e*trade still installed. However I find that I spend more time on an iphone app called Talk Penny Stock. It doesn’t let you actually invest but it has a great chat room that lets you talk to other investors and bounce around ideas. I find I learn a lot about different stocks in chat rooms and like having it available to me on the go.

  16. These “picks” are paid promotions, pennysleuth’s choices…based on monies received!

  17. Great list, I particularly like the Bloomberg app too.

    If looking for a free stock or forex charting app, the following is highly recommended:
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app.....&mt=8

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  19. You should definitely check out “The Stock Portfolio” app.

    The purpose of “The Stock Portfolio” app (and website), is to help private investors keep track of their stocks.

    Features:
    - Track gain/loss daily/weekly/monthly on the entire or parts of your portfolio.
    - Sync between different devices – IPhone/IPad/Android/Pc/Mac.
    - Translations in Danish, English, German, Swedish.
    - Handles portfolios in foreign currencies.
    - Alerts when a rate is crossed, or drops with a certain percentage (Trailing stop loss)
    - Handles different transaction types (profit, loss, fees, exchange loss etc) to get an accurate view of the portfolio performance.
    - Winners/Loser of the day (and week, month, year).
    - Quotes for Danish, Swedish, German, Norwegian and US stocks (See entire list here http://www.thestockportfolio.com/availableStocks/).

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