The Top Financial Apps

by Wayne A. Thorp, CFA

These are some of the best financial apps for iOS and Android devices. More app reviews can be found in AAII’s weekly Computerized Investing email (

CNBC for iOS

The CNBC iOS app is the only free app giving users access to live, real-time stock quotes from both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ Marketplace before, during and after market hours.

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Wayne A. Thorp, CFA is a vice president and senior financial analyst at AAII and editor of Computerized Investing. Follow him on Twitter at @AAII_CI.


Charles Yaker from Texas posted 5 months ago:

All that info in Mint how secure is it?

Something like the following which suggests multiple passwords and keeping things separate

Johnathan Smith from Louisiana posted 5 months ago:

I'm not too bright. Can the CNBC iOS app be used on Window XP?

Victor from California posted 5 months ago:

iOS is for mobile - If you have Win XP, just use a browser and go to

Scott from New Jersey posted 5 months ago:

Bloomberg has an app for Android.

Harry Woodworth from Alaska posted 5 months ago:

Paul Jariabek from California posted 5 months ago:

I personally am partial to the MarketSmith app (and its related website). Good fundamental screener, decent charts. Pricey, but worth it.

Kevin Lewis from California posted 5 months ago:

The last time I tried it the CNBC app for the iPhone only supported a list of 20 securities in "My Stocks". The iPad version of the app supports a larger number. For the me iPhone app is worthless for that reason.

I find the Bloomberg app more useful for overall monitoring of stocks and my portfolio. I don't believe it has real time quotes. It has a lot of other features. Its also nice that it syncs across the web, iPhone, iPad, etc. Make a change in one place and it is reflected on the other devices. You do have to create a free account on and can create a "Watchlist" there.

Vernon Roberts from Florida posted 4 months ago:

What I would really like to see someone do is an INDEPTH article on PRIVACY and SECURITY. I do on line investing and have many advertising blocks, privacy filters etc etc setup. I DONOt use android, smartphones, Chrome etc or Google except for totally frivolous web access. With the recent (to me) release that ALL operating systems publically available have built in backdoors for NASA and other countries and co's, the break in security of VPN's etc, on-line banking now "distributing information" to advertisers, the gov (Health care web site debacle) putting everyone's life history on the web, George Orwell's "1984" has arrived and is progressing rapidly. Since there are ways to access "totally private secure" information, that simply makes it available to those who wish to use it -- for good OR FOR BAD. I'm about to go back to pensil and paper, since at this stage of my life I can't afford "Identy theft", fraudulent access to my bank accounts, stock accounts, etc etc. I would REALLY like to see an informed knowlegeabe article on HOW to remain private and secure on line -- even Tor has been hacked for crying out loud. I also think it would be valuable to everyone. And, I'm not talking about the "advertising" hype that is all over the web on "how to be secure on line". Off my soap box. :-)

NewJoizey from New Jersey posted 4 months ago:

Vernon - I agree with you - that's a good soapbox.

I thought was a great idea in theory. I thought it was really useful to get a real time grip on your finances in a way that really isn't nomrally available to a regular person. I think in the past you'd need a full service financial manager to provide you with the kinds of insights it offers. It's nothing you don't already know in the back of your head, but I find that it's helpful to have all of that data at your fingertips.

So I almost signed up for an account but then thought the better of it after a family discussion of privacy issues. I think in order to use it you essentially have to risk violation the terms and conditions of your other financial institutions by giving away your passwords to a third party. Which means if something ill happened to your accounts, there's no clear evidence that you wouldn't be held liable. The devil the act of voluntarily giving away your passwords, as opposed to if your account is hacked without your consent.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of pros to mint, but they may not be worth that risk, and that gave me pause to signing up. I don't use it right now, even though I'd like to.

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