Take control of your financial life with The Motley Fool

Jul 10, 2011

So you want to take control of your life financially? Investment community The Motley Fool’s mobile app has a very reliable and easy-to-operate interface that can be used by just about anyone.

Maybe you’ve already heard of The Motley Fool. These guys not only are known for owning the fool.com domain name, but they’re a service that helps people to manage their finances, whether it’s setting a budget, investing wisely or saving for retirement.

The Motley Fool’s mobile app is pretty focused on giving users quick, on-the-go access to the latest financial news and analysis and even a few articles that give helpful advice — like “what you need to retire rich.”

The Motley Fool doesn’t have an exceptionally lively looking website, and the same can be said for its app. It lacks any kind of exciting, colorful pizzazz, sticking with light blues, whites, WordPress style tabs and arial fonts. It’s hard to complain too much about the simplicity of the template, though, when the app is so easy to navigate and clearly achieves what it sets out to do.

It’s also important to note that the app has been created by The Zumobi Network, the same people who brought the high-quality, vibrant and fun-to-use MSNBC.com app to the Android marketplace. It’s pretty clear from the first time you launch The Motley Fool that you’re looking at a well-produced application.

Because categories are organized along a scrolling horizontal menu across the top of the app, users know exactly where to go to find what they’re looking for, whether it’s Top Stories, the websites’ own podcasts or stories you’ve recently saved. Not only can you save your favorites, but you can also “email to me” and share articles with your friends with 401(k)s through Facebook, Twitter or email.

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Search is also easy. Users can use the Ticker Search, located below the menu, to look for individual company stock data, graphs and relevant articles.

In short, if you keep close tabs on what’s happening on Wall Street or watch shows like Mad Money, this will be a welcomed addition to your Android library.

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Caitlin M. Foyt

Caitlin M. Foyt is another young journalist chasing after her dreams. She wishes it was physically possible to document everything she saw, heard, felt or thought -- kind of like a more neurotic Harriet the Spy.

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