Merry Christmas! Did you know that more people will be turning on and activating their brand new iPad today more than any other day of the year? Over one million new iPads will be booted up for the first time today — and with every new tablet, it means new apps as well.
If you’re an investor or trader, you probably want to have a screen on your iPad dedicated to investing stuff. I know that I do!
But what should you have? Here’s my list of the best investing apps for iPad. Plus, I include the download link for all of them, so if you’re looking at this article on your brand new iPad, you can easily download these apps!
I’m a fan of StockTwits. If you’re not on StockTwits yet and you’re a trader or investor, you’re missing out on the real-time social media aspect of investing. This is the Twitter of investing, and it has thousands of people sharing thoughts on the market, sectors, and individual stocks. I wrote about this earlier in the week for Social Networks for Investing.
Download: StockTwits for iPad
StockWatch (Next Generation)
StockWatch is the only paid app I have on here, and it’s currently discounted for the holidays. This is the best app I’ve found for really keeping track of your portfolio, having great charts and being able to really search out stocks in the market. There are a lot of details able to be viewed on the charts, and lots of different sorting and research options for digging into individual securities.
While not being as robust as your desktop, this is about the best you can get on the iPad.
Download: StockWatch (Next Generation)
Do you like to read articles from Seeking Alpha? I do, and I’m sure that you do as well. Well, let’s combine their articles into an app that also lets you track your portfolio and will send you alerts about specific stocks and market action, and you have a winner.
Plus, it’s free! Check out the Seeking Alpha app if you’re interested in reading in-depth market articles on your iPad.
Download: Seeking Alpha Portfolio for iPad
CNBC for iPad
Can’t get enough CNBC? Well, that’s a tough question because sometimes these talking heads can be pretty annoying — but other times they really do have some great insights. Heck, even Suze Orman said she loved Jim Cramer last week on her show! I couldn’t believe it, but she did.
Anyway, the CNBC app for iPad is great because it lets you read their articles, and watch their shows, right from your app (as long as you’re in the United States). The app also has breaking news alerts, which is handy if you follow specific stocks.
Download: CNBC for iPad
Bloomberg for iPad
Bloomberg is another one of my favorite investing apps for the iPad because they have a ton of great news articles. If you like reading Bloomberg’s website (or enjoy getting the magazine), you’ll enjoy the free content on this app.
The Bloomberg app also has a lot of charts and financial data for stocks, and you can track your portfolio as well. Finally, Bloomberg will push important news articles to you as alerts if you choose to receive them.
Download: Bloomberg for iPad
StockTouch is an investing iPad app that provides a heat map of the stock market, and shows you which companies are moving up in price with green, and down in price with red. You can also zoom and view sectors and the market as a whole.
If you’re just getting your first iPad, this is a fun little app that can show you the power of the iPad. However, other than looking pretty (which it really does), this is much more helpful for you than just looks.
Now that you have an iPad, you will inevitably start wanting to move all of your finances to the cloud. I know that I did. It is so easy and convenient to look at all of your accounts in one place while you’re on the go. That’s why I ditched Quicken and started going with Personal Capital.
Personal Capital is a free money management program that downloads all of your banking and investment transactions into one place and then presents them to you in an easy-to-read format.
Just sign up here at Personal Capital, and then download the free iPad app.
Get Personal Capital: Personal Capital
Download: Personal Capital for iPad (App)
Your Broker’s App
Finally, your broker should have an app, and I recommend that you download it so that you can have quick and easy access to your investing accounts. I put together a list below of the most popular brokers and their iPad apps, so hopefully it makes it a little easier for you to find!
What are some of your favorite iPad apps for investing?
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