A list of the the top 5 iPad apps for finance to help you take control of your money.
It’s never been more important to take care of your financial health, and if you want to take charge of your bank account and show it who’s boss, you might need a little outside help. Enlisting a financial planner is costly, but (as with all important things in life) there’s an app for that. This list of iPad finance apps lets you keep track of what’s happening in your accounts at all times, helping you become more financially savvy, and keeping you out of the red.
Home Budget – $4.99
Home Budget is a comprehensive finance app that enables you to track your expenses, account balances, bills due, and income. The different features within Home Budget work together, so once you’ve paid for a bill, it automatically becomes an expense. The app supports different currencies, recurring payments and you can set up bill reminders so you never miss a crucial payment. Like desktop finance software, Home Budget will generate charts showing your income and expenses for the last six months. The ‘family sync’ feature allows you to synchronize the same Home Budget account with multiple iPhones or iPads in a household. A free version of Home Budget – Home Budget Lite – is available for free so you can try some the app’s core features before you decide to buy it.
Easy Books – Free
Easy Books is designed to help you keep track of professional accounts from your iPad. As well as keeping track of difference accounts, it tracks sales and purchase invoices, assets and depreciation too. You can set recurring transactions to adjust your in-app accounts on a weekly or monthly basis. For extra security, you can protect the information within the app by activating a four-digit passcode. Use Easy Books to run reports on profit and loss, VAT and a number of other small business functions, and export these reports as HTML files. The app itself is free, however after 120 transactions, you need to pay a one-time fee of $29.99 to input more information.
Wall Street Journal – Free
Wall Street might not have a favorable reputation of late, but the eponymous journal is useful for staying up-to-date with the latest developments in the financial world. The Wall Street Journal app gives subscribers access to the newspaper and its supplements, exclusive subscriber content, and a 7-day archive. As well as the main paper, news updates are fed to the app in real time throughout the day, so you can get the latest news from your iPad with the ‘Now Edition’.
PocketMoney – $4.99
PocketMoney fulfills a similar function to Home Budget: it acts as a finance tracker that enables you to keep tabs on all accounts and cards, and sync PocketMoney accounts between different devices. As well as scheduling regular and repeat transactions, you can use the app’s reporting features to analyze your financial health, and export these reports to Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Money. A limited Lite version of PocketMoney is available for free, and the full paid version gives you access to unlimited accounts, unlimited transactions, budgeting features, the ability to use the app with multiple currencies, and to import and export transactions as necessary.
Mint.com – Free
Mint.com is an account-tracking app that helps you keep track of your accounts on your iPad using the free Mint.com software. The interface provides transparency about the state of your accounts, how much money you’re spending on categories like groceries and entertainment, and how your earnings compare to your outgoings. The iPad app syncs with the web and iPhone software so you can keep track of your accounts wherever you are. Using Mint.com, you can set financial goals and create budgets, helping you become more financially conscious. The app provides you with alerts when an account balance runs low, and when bills are due, and provides you with comprehensive charts and graphs so you can see exactly where your money is going.