Indispensable apps for the modern trader

August 22, 2014 01:29 AM

In the new world of trading the modern trader is more likely to follow markets on an iPad than tied to a desk manually charting each market tick by tick. With more markets to follow busy traders dealing with clients, responding to e-mails and performing numerous tasks throughout the day need help. Information is at our fingertips but the quantity and breadth of that information creates its own problems.

We decided to ask our experts what apps they found most helpful in managing their trading in today's not stop information age.

Here is what they had to say. 

Carl Larry @oiloutlooks

I have the regular Bloomberg app, CNBC and Thomson Reuters. I also use TMZ. The way I see it, the only thing I can do is keep up with what is going on in the world. It may be oil, economics or the Kardashians, but in a pinch I always have a good story to tell.


Carl Larry is the president of Oil Outlooks and Opinions LLC. He provides daily oil market guesstimates with a dose of pop culture.

John Caiazzo @jlc7111

When I travel I use my Sony Vaio Notebook as well as my iPhone5S. For the iPhone I find the following apps indispensable:
Bloomberg, CNBC, Reuters, ABC, Fox News, Drudge Report, BBCnews,Washington Post, Market Watch, Yahoo! Finance, Miriam Webster Dictionary, New York Post, USAtoday, VoiceMemo, and FaceTime.

John Caiazzo has over 40 years of experience at brokerage firms across the United States. He provides the end of week market wrap-up.

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Dan Gramza

I have a number of accounts with different brokers. The indispensable apps that I use are provided by these different brokers. I primarily look for simple to use and easily accessible information sources. I also use news apps from Bloomberg, Thompson Reuters and financial times. I find that this combination keeps me informed.

A wonderful thing about all the various apps is that they can provide so much information and the bad thing about all the various apps is that you can get information overload. I’ve seen this happen where users try to gather too much information because they feel that more information must be better.


Oftentimes a false sense of security is created by gathering as many apps as possible regarding the markets. The bottom line is that they often lose sight of what they need to guide their decision process.  This can also lead to the user feeling overwhelmed and frozen in indecision. When it comes to apps, more is not necessarily better.

It is very important for the user to identify information that directly contributes to their trade identification, execution and management. If it does not provide direct assistance in these areas do not use it.

Dan Gramza is President of Gramza Capital Management Inc. and DMG Advisors, LLC.  He provides daily market updates from around the globe on subjects ranging from the Nasdaq and currencies to crude oil and grains.

Alan Rohrbach @MacroMeister

After years of frustrating challenges in updating data and charts from the road in the 1980s, most of the data vendors were able to take advantage of increased internet effectiveness by the mid-1990s. That meant projections and indicators remaining resident on the laptop computer, yet drawing down data from their major online databases.

The bigger challenges now are all about quotes and news when away from the laptop, or in a situation where a solid wi-fi signal is not available. My S4 Android has been very useful in that regard. Relatively current price quotes and some news are available from the CNBC mobile app, my broker and others.


The handheld is also very useful for communicating with clients when any sort of wi-fi is available for Skype video calls or sending over files which clients might have missed earlier. While full market analysis and advisory content creation still requires the trusty laptop, late generation smart phones are a real plus.

Lead Analyst and President of Rohr International, Inc. Alan Rohrbach is an international equity index, interest rate and foreign exchange trend advisor. His forte is ‘macro-technical’ analysis of how fundamental influences blend with technical aspects to drive trend psychology. Clients include international banks, hedge funds, other portfolio managers and individual traders.

Julian Yosovitch @julianyosovitch

If you have have open positions in the financial markets you always need to be aware of news and events going on around the world.
Social networks play a fundamental role to be instantly informed of the events that occur when the market are closed. Twitter is a key instrument to use to be in touch with the news because often people learn of breaking news on Twitter before they read about it on CNN.
On the other hand, applications such as Bloomberg or Google Finance are key to knowing how the major American indexes, such as the Dow, S&P 500 (CME:SPU14)and the Nasdaq are trading, as well as the opening of Tokyo at night before going to bed or early in the morning in Europe. It also helps to see how the major currencies and forex are trading after the closing bell. 
Money never sleeps, neither should we, the traders!


Julian Yosovitch is a trader, and columnist for Ambito Fiinanciero (Argentina), Gestion (Peru),, Inversion and Finanzas (Spain).
He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Professor Master in Finance (UDESA). 


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