You probably use a dizzying variety of technology tools every day to help manage your schedule, take phone calls, exchange correspondence, or figure out how to get from Point A to Point B while driving. But do you still feel like you’re living in the Dark Ages when it comes to your personal finances? Fortunately, as a certain big company likes to say, “There’s an app for that” — several apps, in fact, each of which can help you get your financial management up to speed with the rest of your life. Check out these remarkable examples:
BBVA Compass Mobile Banking – If you’ve dreamed of easy banking from your mobile device, you may want to open an account at BBVA Compass and take advantage of their sophisticated app for Apple, Android, Blackberry, Windows and Kindle devices. BBVA Compass embraced mobile-based banking before many of its rivals did, and the results show. You can check your accounts, transfer money, pay bills, view check images and perform other essential banking tasks without even going near a computer.
Personal Capital – This app describes itself as “the only wealth management tool you’ll ever need,” and you may well agree after taking it for a spin. This app, currently available for Android and iPhone, displays your investment portfolio performance, market gains and losses, bank account activity and other helpful data at a glance. It even analyzes your 401k and mutual fund fees.
Mint – Mint turns your iPhone, iPad, or Android device into your personal budget pal. A variety of easy-to-read, color-coded charts, lists and progress bars let you see exactly how well (or not so well) you’re sticking to your budget, while also keeping an eye on your savings, checking and retirement account levels. It features a secure online connection directly to your financial institutions for automatic updating of all your transaction and balance data. Mint will even alert you if it detects a possible outside attempt to misuse your accounts!
Quicken 2014 Mobile and Tablet App – Countless “amateur accountants” have come to rely on Quicken over the years for its ability to help households reconcile payments, check account balances and budget more intelligently. If you count yourself among one of these folks, then you’ll definitely want the latest version of Quicken for mobile devices. It allows you to synch information between your home computer and your smartphone quickly and painlessly, and it also has the ability to store receipts from those daily shopping trips or special splurges.
This selection represents the tip of a very large iceberg as more and more providers come out with brilliantly helpful personal finance apps. But once you give these examples a whirl, you may wonder how you ever managed your money without them!
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