The stock market can be a bumpy ride. Depending on what you’ve invested in, a stock’s progress is determined by general market trends, analyst commentary, time of year, related news or product announcements, the weather and more. And the better you’re on top of all of the above, the better you’ll fare. Apps can make it easy to get a grasp of the stock market, whether it’s learning about how it works, getting advice on what options you’re looking to select or seeing what the hot commodities are. Most of these tools are fairly cheap, but all of them will certainly go a long way toward helping you understand the market — and, ultimately, your investments — better.
If you're looking for a quick but detailed view of the U.S. economy, this best-selling app is just what you need. Economy has a number of neat features, including the most updated values for U.S. economic indicators (such as manufacturing, trade deficit and others); support by the U.S. Federal Reserve; up-to-date numbers; optional Twitter support (using the #economy hashtag); and the ability to download data for offline viewing. This app is a must for investors.