Apps for Australian Share Traders

14 June 2018

Originally published by: Dominic Beattie

Most online share trading platforms in Australia have websites that are optimised for mobiles, but some of them lack the convenience of an app. To save you the trouble of trawling through the Google Play and Apple’s App Store, below we’ve listed some useful apps for Australian share traders.

Apps That Allow Share Trading


Availability: Android and iPhone

The ANZ banking app can also be used to manage your trading account, provided you have one with the company. This app allows to you buy and sell shares, as well as:

  • See your shares and everyday banking in one app
  • Make real-time deposits so you can take advantage of opportunities as they arise
  • Request real-time withdrawals to access your money sooner
  • View and manage current positions
  • Buy, sell, amend or cancel orders
  • Read ASX announcements and Morningstar news
  • Explore shares with Morningstar research and charts
  • Create or amend a watchlist that automatically syncs with your standard and/or Pro platforms

Bell Direct

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Bell Direct’s app is web-based, requiring no separate download to run on your phone. With it you can:

  • Buy and sell
  • Get stock quotes and market depth
  • View the latest research reports
  • Trace and update orders
  • Read live news feeds and company announcements
  • View and edit watchscreens
  • Track your portfolio


CMC CFD Trading App

Availability: Android and iPhone

If you have a CMC trading account then you can access their mobile app, allowing you to make CFD and forex trades on your phone. This app gives you access to a range of foreign indices, like the UK 100, Germany 30 and US 30. You can even trade precious metals and treasury instruments.

Other features include:

  • Advanced search – filter instruments by type, region, country, performance and volatility
  • Advanced order tickets including stop-loss, trailing stop-loss, guaranteed stop-loss and boundary order options
  • Price ladder for automated instant execution of significantly larger bet sizes
  • Create watchlists and view instrument details including performance, spreads, margins and market hours
  • Multiple chart types, more than 35 technical analysis indicators and drawing tools
  • Real-time market calendar with push alerts. Their calendar helps you stay on top of crucial economic data as it’s released
  • Reuters news service across all asset types and within each instrument’s factsheet
  • Client sentiment charts for every instrument, helping you to gain greater insight into the view of other CFD traders
  • CMC Markets analysts’ commentary via their ‘Insights’ tool


Availability: Android and iPhone

To use the CommSec app you need to have a CommSec trading account or Margin Loan, but once you have one of those, you have access to a fully featured mobile trading platform. You can then place a trade at any time, from anywhere, with live quotes and unlimited free alerts.

In addition, you can:

  • Stay up-to-date with market news and videos from an expert media team
  • View recommendations updates, market and dividend announcements, and technical events related to your portfolio and watchlist via the newsfeed
  • Access international trading and research
  • Make trading decisions faster, with the help of tools. Market movers give you a quick market snapshot, share portfolio view gives you the live value of your portfolio as the market moves, and watchlists help you to keep a close eye on companies you’re interested in.
  • Unlock your CommSec app instantly with your PIN and fingerprint login (for compatible devices)
  • View streaming data on your watchlist
  • View your watchlists on your homescreen with the CommSec widget
  • Keep an eye on the ASX200 using the ongoing notifications feature.

HSBC Online Share Trading

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The HSBC online share trading system is all web based, with no need to download an app. As long as you have an HSBC trading account, then all you need to do is log in to the website in your phone’s browser to access the mobile optimised version of the site. It works for Android devices and iPhones. This platform allows you to:

  • Buy and sell trades
  • Get real time quotes, market depth with Gold information service
  • View the latest research reports
  • Track and update orders
  • Read live news feeds and company announcements
  • View and edit watchscreens
  • Track your portfolio

IG Trading

Availability: Android and iPhone

The IG trading app grants access to a range of financial instruments from around the world, including shares, commodities and cryptocurrencies. Provided you have an IG trading account, you can:

  • Manage risk with a range of stop and limit orders
  • Trade shares and CFDs with direct market access
  • Edit watchlists to monitor your chosen markets
  • Apply a range of indicators and drawings for in-depth analysis
  • Split charts up to four times to compare timeframes
  • React instantly to live price movements by dealing directly through charts
  • Use real-time signals so you know when to buy and sell
  • Set up trading alerts and get notifications when they’re triggered
  • Stay abreast with our Reuters news feed
  • See what others are trading with sentiment indicators
  • Fund your account quickly and conveniently with PayPal
  • Develop your trading skills with IG Academy


Availability: Android and iPhone.

The nabtrade app requires that you already have a nabtrade account. Once you’re set up with nabtrade, you can use the app to make trades wherever you are, with live prices and market data sent right to your phone.

Other features include:

  •  Buy or sell domestic & international securities from your mobile, including the use of contingent orders
  • Access live data refreshed at an interval of your choice including prices, market depth and charts for domestic securities
  • Create and edit watchlists
  • View cash funded Trading Account holdings, including price, profit/loss, news and depth
  • View your orders and order status
  • Get a quick view of the market with top ASX gainers and losers
  • Access charts, including customisable timescale and indicator overlays
  • View market news and announcements
  • Log in using the same details you use to access nabtrade (username and password)

OpenMarkets Equix Mobile

Availability: Android and iPhone

OpenMarkets have a mobile app that allows you trade a variety of assets, provided you have an OpenMarkets trading account. The app gives you:

  • Direct market access to ASX securities markets
  • The ability to trade Stocks, ETFs, Warrants, LICs, Hybrids and more
  • Portfolio valuation and performance tracking
  • Click-refresh live pricing across portfolio, watch lists and more
  • Order management tool to view/amend positions
  • Customisable dashboard and watchlists
  • Safe and secure trading authorisation with PIN and fingerprint support

St. George Directshares Mobile App

Availability: Android and iPhone

As long as you are set up with a St. George trading account, their mobile app gives you access to the following features:

  • Login to instantly view and manage your watchlists and portfolio
  • Trade a wide range of investment products including domestic, international shares, warrants, ETFs on the go
  • Keep up to date with ASX announcements and market news feed
  • Quick access to view live quotes and charts
  • View your order history, trade confirmations and current positions
  • Setup conditional orders while on the move


Availability: Android and iPhone

Provided you have a SelfWealth trading account, the accompanying app allows you to track and manage your portfolio via your mobile device. Features include:

  • Buy and sell shares
  • View/amend orders
  • Trade purchase history
  • Cash transfer facility
  • Estimated earnings
  • Benchmarking
  • Performance analysis
  • Stock analysis

Westpac Online Investing

Availability: Android and iPhone

You need have set up a Westpac trading account, but once you do, you have full access to their mobile trading app. In addition to being able to conduct trades of shares, warrants and ETFs on the go, you also can:

  • View, create, rename, add and remove stocks from your watchlists
  • Get access to live quotes, announcements, charts and news
  • View live market indices and major currency exchange rates
  • View live portfolio holdings and balances for integrated cash accounts
  • Set a 4-digit PIN or Touch ID for quicker login

Considering online share trading? The table below displays a snapshot of online share trading platforms on Canstar’s database that can be accessed via phone, sorted by star rating (highest to lowest) and with links to providers’ websites. Please note the Star Ratings are based on the casual investor profile (average of 2 trades per month).

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