Reading Financial Reports For Dummies
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Plenty of apps on the market can help you get key company stock and financial information. Here are some of the best apps for reading financial reports (these are all free).

American Economy: This one is a must for all financial report readers. Developed by the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it helps you quickly find all the key economic indicators and their trends. You also find dates for upcoming releases. You can download American Economy for Apple devices or for Android devices.

Bloomberg: To quickly get a view of the world markets, you can't beat Bloomberg's free app. The chart at the top gives you a quick, colorful overview (green for up, red for down) across the markets worldwide, including the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, and Japan and Hong Kong. You can also catch up on the most current top market stories. Download this app in versions for Apple devices, Blackberry, Android, Windows Phone, and Nokia. You can also find other Bloomberg apps specially for Bloomberg Radio, Bloomberg TV, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Bloomberg Markets Plus. The app is available in multiple languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, and Ukrainian.

Investors Business Daily for iPAD: This iPad app is a great tool if you subscribe to Investor's Business Daily. The app offers higher resolution for easier reading and incorporates a "translate" feature to enable you to read the stores in numerous languages.

Evernote: This app helps you keep those important notes about your financial research and market activity. Evernote is one of the best note-taking apps available.

Yahoo! Finance: If you like using Yahoo! Finance online, you'll love working with the app. You can set up your watch list and quickly get real-time prices for the stocks you're watching, plus key fundamental data, charts, and news stories related to your stocks. You can download the Yahoo! Finance app for Apple devices and for Android devices.

Apps from your broker: Check out the apps your broker offers. Many online brokers have advanced apps that enable you to research thousands of stocks right from your mobile device or listen to financial programs streamed into your device. Two excellent apps, TD Ameritrade and E*Trade Mobile are among the top free apps from online brokers.

Some helpful apps aren't free, but you might find them worth the money:

Stock Guru Pro: This app provides real-time analysis for about 7,000 stocks. After you set up your watch list, you get a quick evaluation on financial strength, valuation, momentum, and risk. The app also provides a proprietary guru rating, indicating whether top gurus hold a certain stock. The cost for the app is $29.99. You can download it at

AnalystRT: This app gives you an easy way to find out what analysts are saying about stocks on your watch list. If you like to follow the analysts as one of your research tools, you can download this app for $2.99.

SEC filings for IPAD: This app gives you easy access to SEC filings right on your iPad. The cost is $25.99.

LOKI: Fortune 100 Annual Reports: This app includes five years of annual reports for the Fortune 100 companies. If you're primarily watching these companies, this app can simplify your research and keep the data at your fingertips. It's $2.99.

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Lita Epstein, who earned her MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, enjoys helping people develop good financial, investing and tax-planning skills.
While getting her MBA, Lita worked as a teaching assistant for the financial accounting department and ran the accounting lab. After completing her MBA, she managed finances for a small nonprofit organization and for the facilities management section of a large medical clinic.
She designs and teaches online courses on topics such as investing for retirement, getting ready for tax time and finance and investing for women. She’s written over 20 books including Reading Financial Reports For Dummies and Trading For Dummies.
Lita was the content director for a financial services Web site,, and managed the Web site, Investing for Women. As a Congressional press secretary, Lita gained firsthand knowledge about how to work within and around the Federal bureaucracy, which gives her great insight into how government programs work. In the past, Lita has been a daily newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and fundraiser for the international activities of former President Jimmy Carter through The Carter Center.

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