Apps for Australian share traders

Mobile phones are being used to trade shares in Australia more than ever before. In 2015, research house Investment Trends found that six out of ten Australian online investors use a mobile device to trade. This figure was up 53 per cent on the previous year.

So what’s brought upon this flurry? Obviously, the advances in smartphones have played their part, but the wider availability of apps and mobile optimised websites in Australia have also contributed to this rise.

Most online share trading platforms in Australia have websites that are optimised for mobiles, but many of them lack the convenience of an app. Only some apps (such as CommSec and Nabtrade) allow you to trade shares directly, but the ones that don’t can offer useful information and tools to assist your decision-making.

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To save you the trouble of trawling through the Google Play and Apple App Store, below we’ve listed some of the available apps out there for Australian share traders.

Allows Trading

CommSec

  • For those with a CommSec trading account or Margin Loan
  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • Buy and sell shares
  • Access your portfolio and holdings and view your margin loan and CDIA cash account
  • Create watchlists
  • View outstanding, executed and cancelled orders.
  • Set a 4 digit PIN for quicker login
  • Set up alerts such as:
    • Stock rises above a specified price
    • Stock falls below a particular price
    • Stock reaches a specified trading volume
    • Stock ex-dividend date notice
    • Market sensitive announcements

 

Nabtrade IRESS Trader app

  • For those with a nabtrade account
  • Available for Android and iPhone.
  • Buy and sell shares
  • Access live data including prices, market depth and charts with adjustable timescales
  • Create and edit watchlists
  • View orders and order status
  • See top ASX gainers and losers
  • Read market news and announcements
  • Log in using the same details you use to access nabtrade (username and password)

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Westpac Online Investing

  • For those with a Westpac Online Investing account
  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • Trade shares, warrants and ETFs
  • View portfolio
  • Create watchlists
  • View quotes, announcements, charts and news
  • View live market indices and major currency exchange rates
  • View balances of integrated cash accounts
  • Set a 4 digit PIN for quicker login
  • Set up alerts for when:
    • Stock rises above or below a specified price
    • Stock reaches a specified trading volume
    • Stock ex-dividend date notice
    • Market sensitive announcements

 

HSBC Online Share Trading

  • Complimentary to HSBC Online Share Trading clients
  • Web-based, no need to download and install
  • Available for iPhone, Android (2.1+) or BlackBerry (OS6.0+)
  • Buy and sell shares
  • View portfolio
  • View and edit watchlists
  • Real time quotes
  • View latest research reports
  • Track and update orders
  • Read live news feeds and company announcements

 

CMC CFD and Forex Trading App

  • For CMC CFD and Forex traders
  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • New traders can download the app and open a demo account with 10K of virtual funds
  • Instant access to your CFD account to view and manage your positions
  • View and trade on live streaming prices
  • Create watchlists and view product details
  • View client sentiment for every product to gain greater insight
  • Access the Reuters News service across all asset types
  • Multiple chart types with adjustable date ranges and interval sizes
  • Be aware of all major economic data releases and also set alerts using interactive Economic Calendar

Doesn’t allow trading, but still useful

Stocklight

  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • Receive push notification alerts about stocks in your watchlists
  • Track performance of portfolio
  • Access premium research and buy/sell recommendations with an in-app purchase or subscription
  • View any ASX stock’s financials charts, graphs, dividends and announcements
  • Find investing opportunities using advanced searches and filters
  • Read live news feeds and company announcements

MSN Money

  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • Create watchlists
  • News tailored to your watchlist from quality sources such as The Australian, Reuters and Wall Street Journal
  • Read latest headlines (Australia and global news) and personal finance features
  • Includes financial and budgeting tools such as a mortgage calculator, currency converter, tip calculator, wealth estimator, and retirement planner.

 

Yahoo! 7 Finance

  • Available for Android and iPhone
  • Create watchlists, track major markets in Asia, US, Europe, local bond markets, currency movements, commodities,
  • View charts of different stocks over different time periods
  • In-depth analysis for each stock including sector performance and recommendations as well as detailed performances statistics (P/E ratio, EPS, dividend yield) and balance sheet summaries.
  • Read global business headlines

 

ASX iPhone App

  • Available for iPhone only
  • Create a watchlist of 20 companies
  • Receive live company announcement alerts for companies from your watchlist
  • Filter company announcements by date, time, sector and price sensitivity
  • View the performance of the S&P/ASX 200 and the All Ords indices in real-time
  • Search for stock prices for all equity securities (20 minute delayed)
  • Review the top gains and declines for S&P/ASX 200

  Compare Online Share Trading Accounts

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). Please note the Star Ratings are based on the casual investor profile (average of 8 trades per month).

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