The mobile device world is saturated with applications that provide numerous functions. Each year developers create newer, more efficient apps that can perform the most complicated or perfunctory financial tasks. Developers also focus on constantly improving already well established apps, such as news media outlets, stock and trading, presentation, and technical financial assistance. According to several high level financial professionals, the apps listed below are the best for news, corporate usage, and financial assistance.
Bloomberg (iPhone, iPad, Android, Nokia)
Bloomberg provides live, constantly updated news, in succinct form. Bloomberg also provides up to date stock information.
Barrons (iPhone, iPad)
A long time favorite print magazine among senior financial professionals, Dow Jones\’ Barrons\’ app provides weekly updated information. Barron\’s Market Week provides articles and commentary on the global markets, trading, commodities, research reports, and 13D filings.
CNBC Real Time (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
One of the best features of CNBC is the live ticker scrolling across the bottom of the screen, while stock charts continue with live updates on price change, percentage of five day return, and range of change.
Michael Poteshman, CFO of Tupperware, finds CNBC most useful due to its international business focus and consistent, live updates for stock information. \”Our business is very international,\” says Poteshman, \”I need real time, live information.\”
Wall Street Journal, Financial Times (iPhone, iPad, Android)
The Journal and FT provide breaking news, current news on money and investing, and commentary.
Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (iPhone, iPad, Android)
While many senior execs might scoff at the relevance of social networking tools, the feature of mobility added to networking can prove quite valuable.
Ken Kaufman, Founder of CFOWise, a CFO technology support company, has found mobile social networking to be an invaluable tool. \”I\’ll be in a meeting and while I\’m there I will send the person across from me an invitation on LinkedIn,\” says Kaufman. \”I\’m leveraging face to face contact into social networking.\” Kaufman has also Tweeted from a seminar as a way of taking notes. \”Not only do I have notes from the event, I\’ve put them out into the world and have hopefully gotten others interested.\”
Turboscan ($1.99 iPhone, iPad, iPod touch)
Turboscan allows the user to take photos of receipts and have them automatically sent to one\’s assistant or their own PC.
Dropbox (iPhone, iPad, Android)
Dropbox is document storage that allows for quick access to documents, and an easy way to email them. \”This has pulled me out of a pitch so many times,\” says Kaufman.
iCurrency Plus ($1.99 iPad, iPod touch, iPhone with OS4.0 or higher)
iCurrency provides any and all exchange rates one might need. The app can be customized for specific currencies based on user preference. It also provides updated rates in your notifications or even on your locked screen.
iBooks (comes with iPad)
iBooks seems a rather mundane version of a Kindle, but it actually has more capabilities than most iPad owners realize. The app can save and archive downloaded PDFs, charts, and any other visuals one might need for a board room presentation.
TripIt (iPhone, iPad, Android)
TripIt is an app extension of its website. Executives often need simple, easy access to travel plans. Rather than carrying a folder with itineraries and hotel confirmations, TripIt will automatically build your itinerary based on the email address you use while booking. It will organize your hotel confirmation, travel itinerary, and even map out your destinations from the airport.