Buy and sell shares on-the-go with a share trading app

Share trading apps let you place trades and manage your stocks.

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Smartphones are perhaps the most ubiquitous form of modern technology. Not only do we take our phones everywhere with us, but we use them to perform an increasingly diverse array of crucial everyday tasks.

Share trading apps allow you to trade shares directly on the ASX and other international markets. With many share trading platforms now providing smartphone apps for their customers, the process of trading shares, tracking trades and accessing live data is easier than ever.

Some of the most popular share trading apps include:

  • The CommSec app
  • nabtrade IRESS mobile app
  • Westpac Online Investing app
  • CMC Markets Stockbroking mobile app
  • Bell Direct mobile app
  • IG Trading app

We'll take a look at these share trading apps in more detail in this guide.

1. CommSec app

The CommSec app allows you to access the CommSec share trading platform through your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone. The app allows you to buy and sell shares, view and trade on live prices, and create watchlists to monitor company performance.

You also have the convenience of being able to view all your equities, margin lending holdings and CommBank cash balances in a single page view.

The pros
  • It's free to download. The CommSec app is available for free for people who have CommSec Trading Accounts.
  • You can create watchlists. You can use the app to create watchlists and monitor the performance of different shares.
  • You can trade more than just shares. CommSec also offers free apps for trading equities and CFDs.
  • Place orders. You can place buy orders directly within the app, without needing to login on your desktop at all.
The cons
  • Available for Apple and Android only. The app is not available on phones and tablets that do not run the Android or Apple operating system.

2. nabtrade IRESS mobile app

Designed for both Android and iPhone devices, nabtrade IRESS mobile is a share trading-specific app available to customers with a nabtrade account. The app allows you to buy or sell shares from your smartphone, including the ability to place contingent orders, access live prices, market depth and charts.

You can also view your Trading Account holdings, view your orders and order status, see the top ASX gainers and losers, and access customisable charts.

The pros
  • You can access a range of information. nabtrade IRESS mobile allows you to access an extensive range of useful trading information before buying or selling a share.
  • You can access live data. You can access live market data refreshed at a time interval of your choice.
  • Hedge your risk with contingent orders. The app offers a range of trading options, including the use of contingent orders.
The cons
  • Only Androids and iPhones. You’ll need an iPhone or a smartphone running the Android operating system in order to access this app.

3. Westpac Online Investing app

The Westpac Online Investing app is designed for iPhone, iPad and Android users and is optimised for use on smartphones. The trading-specific app allows you to trade shares, warrants, exchange traded funds (ETFs) and exchange traded commodities (ETCs).

You can use the app to create editable watchlists, view live quotes and news, view all your holdings and set up a wide range of customised alerts.

The pros
  • You can trade more than shares. In addition to shares, the app allows you to trade warrants, ETFs and ETCs.
  • You can access live data to make investment decisions. Westpac Online Investing’s mobile app allows you to access live quotes, charts, company announcements and news.
  • There are customisable alerts. You can receive alerts for everything from price movements and market-sensitive announcements to dividend dates.
The cons
  • Not for Windows phones. The app cannot be accessed through a Windows phone.

4. CMC Markets Stockbroking mobile app

This trading app offers all the functionality of the CMC Markets full website on your mobile device. You can buy and sell shares from your mobile using all order types, including conditional and linked orders. The app also lets you view your current positions and order history, access market depth and up-to-date charts, and view your watchlists and portfolios.

CMC Markets’ mobile platform also provides the latest market news and commentary and is available on iPhone and Android devices.

The pros
  • A wide range of order types. You can place, buy and sell orders, amend and cancel orders, and use conditional and linked orders to manage your investments.
  • Information from the market and experts. CMC Markets provides users with access to an extensive range of useful investment information to help you make the right trading decisions.
  • Customise your own watchlists. It’s easy to create and edit watchlists to monitor the performance of stocks.
The cons
  • Most suitable for experienced traders. The CMC Markets platform is designed for experienced traders and may be too complicated for novice investors.

5. Bell Direct mobile app

The Bell Direct Mobile App is a web-based platform available for iPhone and Android users. It allows you to buy and sell shares, access real-time data and market depth, and read the latest company research reports.

You can also enjoy access to live news feeds and company announcements, edit watch screens and track your portfolio.

The pros
  • It's easy to use. The app makes it simple and intuitive to buy and sell shares.
  • You get access to market data. Users can access a wide range of important market data before placing a trade.
  • It's free to download. The app is available for free to Bell Direct clients.
The cons
  • iPhone only. The app is not available on Windows or Android phones.

6. IG Trading app

IG offers a suite of trading apps designed to give you the best mobile trading experience across a range of devices. There are separate apps optimised for use on each of the following devices: iPhone, Android mobile, Windows phone, iPad, Android tablet and Windows tablet.

The app is free to download and provides access to 10,000 markets. You can use the IG app to access live market data and analysis, and trade forex, CFDs, indices and commodities.

The pros
  • It's free to download. The IG app is completely free to download.
  • It uses native designs. You can download a version of the app that has been specifically designed to suit your smartphone or tablet’s operating system.
  • The app is regularly updated. The app is updated regularly to improve your trading experience.
The cons
  • Not suitable for casual investors. The IG app is targeted more towards experienced traders than casual investors.

Linking your account to a share trading app

In order to use a share trading app, you will first need to open an account with an online share trading platform. Once you’ve provided your details and opened an online account, you can then download a share trading app to your smartphone and login using the same account details.

The share trading app is linked to your online trading account. This means you can check your trading balance, monitor the status of pending orders and view past trades through the app.

Not sure which platform to choose? Compare your share trading options

Updated August 24th, 2019
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$8.00 or 0.1%
Special offer: Earn up to 10,000 Qantas Points when you start trading on a new IG Share Trading account. T&C applies.
Enjoy some of the lowest brokerage fees on the market when trading Australian shares, international shares, forex and CFDs, plus get access to 24 hour customer support.
$6.99 or 0.1%
Access over 19,000 Australian and global shares.
$15 for first 10 trades
Enjoy tiered brokerage fees, Bell Potter research and eligible market-to-limit orders placed onto the ASX in under a second. For a limited time, get a custom deal based on your trading preferences when you switch to Bell Direct.
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Trade shares, warrants, options, ETFs, managed funds, bonds and IPOs with CMC Markets today.
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    RodMarch 6, 2018

    Which app is the best for trading shares in Australia? What app lets me choose my own bank to withdraw funds from and cheaper broker fee?

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      RonMarch 9, 2018Staff

      Hello Rod,

      Please note that we are unable to suggest personalized recommendation as to which trading share app is the best for you as each app has their own functionalities and each user has their own preferences. You may read forums and reviews instead on the most helpful trade sharing app people have been using.

      Our page discusses a comprehensive guide you may refer to in choosing a share trading app and it also has some reviews on the available mobile trading apps you can choose from. Kindly go through this page to review the pros and cons of some apps.

      — CommSec app
      — nabtrade IRESS mobile
      — Westpac Online Investing
      — CMC Markets Stockbroking Mobile Platform
      — Bell Direct Mobile App
      — IG trading app
      — HSBC Online Share Trading

      Additionally, you may check the reviews on play store or app store for each app to see their users’ feedback.

      Hope this helps!

      All the best,


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