Four months into 2011, those New Year’s resolutions we made to relax and set aside more time for family and friends seem like a distant memory. Work, children, and other commitments perpetually add to our already full plates. The list of errands never gets shorter.
While grocery shopping, dry cleaning, and soccer practice cannot be avoided, who has time to walk into a brick-and-mortar bank? Many financial institutions have long offered the convenience of online account management, online bill payment, and text alerts to inform customers when a particular transaction needs to be made. However, the latest generation of technological innovations allows for more complex management of your finances on the go.
Last year, Equifax developed an iPhone app that allows customers to retrieve and track their personal credit score at the touch of a button. Recently, the application has been upgraded with two new features, a Fraud Index and Credit Rankings.
This spring, the Equifax app will also be available to Android phones users.
The app provides an additional level of financial empowerment without slowing you down. And with a slew of new resources available for users of Apple’s portable multiuse tablet, the iPad, you can keep moving through life without ever taking your eye off the financial ball.
Make stock trades with the E*TRADE Mobile Pro for iPad, a handy application that facilitates buying and selling while killing time on the commuter train. And before you complete your transactions, track the latest market movements with StockWatch. According to developers, “StockWatch is the perfect app for investors to keep an eye on their favorite stocks, track their portfolios and holdings, and much more.”
Or stay abreast of general market trends by accessing the Forbes Investment Guide on your iPad. The financial industry stalwart updates its knowledge warehouse in real time, bringing investors the latest and most accurate information.
Developing apps for Apple products has turned into big business, so watch for a steady stream of sophisticated financial management tools to continue rolling off the assembly line.
BlackBerry users should not feel slighted. The smartphone’s App World offers a wide range of tools for everything from expense tracking (Mobile Checkbook) and report preparation (Expensify) to stock trading via your TD Ameritrade account. Over 350 apps are available for download, and many are free of charge.
With so many convenient tools at the ready, there’s no excuse left for losing track of your money. Life has a way of piling on, but technology is advancing in pace with the complexity of our daily existence. Managing your finances on the go has never been easier.
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