5 best apps to invest smarter

Money magazine picks the best apps to help you invest and manage your portfolio.

Motif Investing
motif investing invest smarter

The promise: Offers customizable, themed portfolios of up to 30 stocks.
Price: Free
Available on: Website, iPhone

Motif lets you invest in a very narrow sector -- say, clean tech or companies tied to the housing rebound -- using one of 90 themed portfolios. The site requires a $250 minimum and charges a commission of $9.95 per portfolio.

You wouldn't want to use Motif for your retirement fund, but it's a fun way to invest your mad money if you play the market. The service could also be a good introduction to investing for novices, says MIT finance professor Andrew Lo.


  @Money - Last updated April 12 2013 09:31 AM ET
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