Why we like it: Live updating quotes on currency pairs, global stock exchanges, and key commodities, as well as an awesome feed with economic data releases around the world. The best part: you can set up the app to send you push notifications when economic data is released.
Why we like it: For those unfamiliar with FRED (Federal Reserve Economic Data), it's a massive repository with tens of thousands of time series for various economic datapoints. Now, you can chart 34,000 economic data series from around the world, right on your mobile device.
Why we like it: The best app for drawing charts on the iPad. Overlay charts with various drawings like Fibonacci retracements or trend lines, or add technical indicators to the chart. When you're done, use the share button to tweet charts directly from your iPad.
Why we like it: Live quotes on several precious metals, base metals, and other key commodities, just like on the Kitco website. Also provides quotes for major currencies against the U.S. dollar, quotes for mining stocks, and Kitco news, video, and commentary feeds.
Why we like it: StockSpy has a great charting interface, but it's also great for researching individual stocks because it brings all of the news sources, investor relations pages, and popular finance websites to one place. You can also add in custom RSS feeds to follow for individual stocks, which allows for a great deal of control over the interface.
Why we like it: It links up directly to your online brokerage account and the process is pretty seamless. The best feature is pictured in the screenshot–on the fly portfolio analytics, including valuation metrics, portfolio beta, geographic exposure, and the like based on what stocks are in your portfolio.
Why we like it: This app is definitely on the expensive side, but it's loaded with stock scans based on various price and volume indicators, and it also scans stocks based on chart patterns. For example, you can look for stock charts that are currently forming bullish or bearish engulfing patterns. The charts look pretty slick, too.
Why we like it: This app lets you choose a market environment, like a "market crash" or a "trending market" scenario, and uses historical charts to allow you to practice trading in that environment. One to check out for market timers and technical traders.