Stock trading apps are the latest craze affecting mobile gamers, here's five of the best to download today. Glance around any crowded commuter train and you'll see plenty of tapping, swiping and flicking on games like Angry Birds, Candy Crush and, recently, Trivia Crack.
But how about swapping flying pigs and disappearing sweets for the stocks and shares of the financial trading world? App developers are focusing on the trading floor to build addictive games that offer the chance to trade with virtual money.
It's like having a mini Gordon Gekko in your pocket. Available on both iOS and Android, this app sets you up with 1, Bux and sets you loose to trade on a host of well-known companies like Amazon and Facebook. The app takes its data from the real-work performance of shares on the market. If you get really comfortable with it, you can make the transition to real-world cash.
Download it on iOS here. Download it on Android here. Explaining itself as using "basic video game mechanics to develop and easy, user-friendly interface that rewards you as you learn to invest", this app lets you practice with virtual money before trying the real thing. Like any good gaming app, it's also social - giving you the chance to show off your trading portfolio to others.
There's even a monthly competition that lets you compete for real cash. One for the more serious enthusiast, this app does away with fancy colours in favour of stark data. It lets you create and manage a virtual portfolio and place real-time orders. There's plenty of detail to dig into, including analysing your purchase history, dividends and the distributions of your holdings. You can create personal trading groups to compete with friends.
Download it on Kindle here. Along with placing virtual bets on the stock market, this app also offers a news feed of the latest financial information as well as social forums relating to certain stocks. It's free to play on both iOS and Android, but much of the additional information requires you to pay extra.
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