ASX Stocks Apps

February 27th, 2020 - submitted by Jason Kotchoff

When it comes to ‘native’ stock apps, here is a list of popular Australian options circa March 2020, ranked by their Australian App Store ratings:

Rank


ios/Android

App

Trades ASX stocks

Trades International Stocks

1


 4.6 / 4.6 

StockLight
Australia’s highest rated stocks app, StockLight helps you track your whole portfolio and research investing ideas.


iOS App
Android App

No

No

2


 4.6 / 4.0 

CommSec

The CommSec app from the Commonwealth Bank is Australia’s most popular platform for executing trades. 


iOS App

Android App

Yes

$10-$29.95

or 0.12%
Fees

Yes


US $19.95-$29.95 or 0.31%
Fees

3


 4.4 / 4.1  


Stake

Australian’s can trade US Stocks in Stake with $0 brokerage.


iTunes: 4.4 / 5 stars

Google Play: 4.3 / 5 stars

iOS App

Android App

No

Yes


$0 trades, 0.7% Forex Spread
Fees

4


 3.4 / 3.6  

Selfwealth

Powered under the covers by Open Markets, Selfwealth is the cheapest broker for the ASX offering flat fee $9.50 brokerage per trade.


iOS App

Android App

Yes


$9.50
Fees

No

5


 2.8 / 3.8  

Sharesight

Sharesight offer tax-time reporting and portfolio tracking.


iOS App

Android App

No

No

6


 2.7 / - 

ASX

The ASX stocks app is a basic market tracker. It has not been very frequently updated.


iOS App
Android: Unavailable

No

No

7

 

 1.8 / 1.2 

nabtrade

nabtrade is the brokerage arm of National Australia Bank. Their app provides a basic way to trade shares.


iOS App

Android App

Yes


$14.95-19.95 or 0.11%
Fees

Yes


$14.95-19.95 or 0.11%
Fees

 

There is a lot of disparity between the quality of these apps versus the services they provide. Each of these apps tend to do one thing particularly well and the table below highlights which apps are best for certain features:

Feature

Comparison

Trading ASX Shares

Both web and native mobile apps can be secured using a username/password system however mobile apps can also take advantage of the biometric security on the device as well as the persistence of ‘state’ meaning being able to skip ‘logging in’.


Winner: Commsec

Cheapest ASX Broker

Whereas mobile apps can only be used on the operating system they have been built for, website apps can be used on any operating system and typically any web browser.


Winner: SelfWealth

Cheapest International Broker

Both mobile and web apps can notify users by email however native apps also have a ‘push notification’ capability to send direct messages to users.


Winner: Stake

Highest rated App

StockLight is the highest rated smartphone app for tracking shares in Australia due to it’s flexibility and power. It helps you track your stock portfolio returns and research investing ideas using a combination of browseable screens and configurable notifications.


Winner: StockLight

Best portfolio tracker

StockLight provides some very comprehensive annualised return portfolio calculations however the best (paid) product in this space is Sharesight which also takes into consideration tax reporting.


Winner: Sharesight