These days you don’t need to be sitting at a desk to buy and sell stocks. Thanks to the rise in share trading apps, you can make trades anywhere there’s an internet connection from the palm of your hand.
Share trading apps allow you to trade shares directly on the JSE and other international markets through your smartphone. It’s worth noting that not all online brokers have a mobile version of their platform and some mobile trading apps don’t offer desktop access. So to make it easier, we’ve sourced a list of mobile stock trading apps available in South Africa in 2021.
The list of apps featured below are the eight most popular share trading apps in terms of daily downloads by South African iPhone users as of March 2, 2021. The list itself was sourced by SensorTower and is not in any particular order.
We’ll take a look at these share trading apps in more detail in this guide.
eToro’s popular trading app is designed for both desktop and mobile (Android and iPhone). It’s well known for its copy trading feature that allows you to imitate the trades of top users or copy a portfolio of stocks selected by eToro.
The platform offers CFDs, forex and cryptocurrency trading.
The Exness Trader app is designed for iPhone, iPad and Android users and is optimised for use on smartphones. The trading-specific app allows you to trade shares, stocks, exchange traded funds (ETFs), futures and CFDs.
You can use the app to create watchlists, view live market data, view all your holdings and set up customised alerts.
This trading app offers all the functionality of the EasyEquities full website on your mobile device. You can buy and sell shares, ETFs, RA’s TFSA and Unit Trusts from your mobile. The app gives you access to major trading platforms like the JSE, DOW 30, NASDAQ 100, S&P 100, and also lets you view your current positions and transaction history, access market depth and up-to-date charts, and view your watchlists, portfolios, and personalised reports.
EasyEquities’ mobile platform is available on iPhone and Android devices.
MetaTrader 4 offers a suite of trading tools designed to give you a head-start in monitoring and executing timely forex trades. Its interface can be customised to fit your investing needs and it has a built-in programming language to help you develop your own trading robots and technical indicators.
Despite what the name implies, MetaTrader 5 is not a new version of MetaTrader 4, but a different service altogether, although it does improves upon many of MetaTrader 4’s features. This app was released in 2010, and was built to provide a place to trade forex, stocks, commodities, and futures. It was also designed to comply with the “no hedging rule” in the US, which can be frustrating to non-US traders that want to (or are used to) working without restrictions on hedging.
Created by major investment broker IQ Option, the IQ Broker app is easy to use and simple to understand, regardless of the trade size or how often you invest. The app is free and offers access to over 500 trading assets, giving you the opportunity to invest to a wide variety of funds, indices, commodities and shares.
FxPro allows you to cheaply and easily access major forex markets, indices, and commodities. It offers access to cryptocurrency CFDs as well. FXPro offers over 285 different instruments to trade and is a well-regulated company that has been in the business for over 15 years with a large and supportive community.
The Stash app aims to give beginners access to the world of investing with a little hand-holding to get them started. The platform provides you with a tax-free account to invest with and lets you link a bank card from which you can select small amounts of cash to invest routinely. The app is available on all major platforms, including Apple and Android.
Note: Keep in mind that you can’t directly buy and sell shares on this app, as it functions more like an advisor, and provides small fixed investments and investment advice.
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