Mobile app review: Seeking Alpha Portfolio


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App name: Seeking Alpha Portfolio

Publisher: Seeking Alpha

Price: Free

Available on: Android and iOS devices

What’s it supposed to do? Keep you informed on market data and stocks you’re tracking. It provides a broad selection of analysis from its crowd-sourced platform of contributors.

Ease of use (3/5): Right off the bat, Seeking Alpha Portfolio asks you to pick up to five stocks to add to your portfolio. Later on, you can easily remove or add stocks to your portfolio.

The app isn’t sleek in appearance, but it’s easy to navigate. The tabs at the top make it easy to find essential information, and the menu on the left offers access to settings and more information. Although some of the content can be convoluted in certain spots, it’s a fairly self-explanatory interface.

Features (3/5): Your main portfolio shows up on your home screen, offering easy access to real-time information on stocks of interest to you. You can add or remove stocks from your portfolio. You can also create more than one portfolio and toggle among your other stock groupings.

The app offers quick access to news and analysis. You can search under broad categories for information on stocks across the board, or you can narrow to show stories for the stocks in your portfolio.

You can set up real-time alerts to notify you when an article is posted on a stock you track, keeping you up to date on businesses you care about.

Effectiveness (3/5): The app says it gets its content from “investors and industry experts rather than sell-side analysts.” While the intent is to cut out misleading content, be aware it can still slip through. This app may work better as a supplement to information from other sources as opposed to being your No. 1 source for market news.

Value (3/5): The app is free and doesn’t take up much space on your phone. It offers real-time information on stocks of your choice and provides a unique market perspective.

Verdict (12/20): This app may be worth a shot if you’re trying out different stock market apps. It has a decent set of features and is easy to navigate. I wouldn’t consider it a top-tier market app, but if you’re skeptical about analysis from potentially biased sources, this one may be a fit.