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J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing app

As more and more traders and investors use their smartphones for trading, it is increasingly important that brokers offer easy-to-use apps that can deliver the same services as desktop platforms.

In this article we'll check whether J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing's mobile app ticks all the boxes.

Overall, we rate the user-friendliness of the app as better than average.

J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing mobile app vs. similar brokers
J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing Vanguard Ally Invest
Mobile app rating (5 is the best) 3.9 stars 4.4 stars 3.3 stars
User-friendliness Great Great Great
2-step authentication No Yes No
Biometric authentication Yes Yes Yes

We're going to take a closer look at search functions, price alerts and order types, so all the little details that determine whether a trading app is user-friendly or downright cumbersome. If you want to read our full review, including fees, deposit options and other platforms (like web and desktop) then skip to the J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing review.

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J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing app
Our main checklist for the J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing app

Let's start with the search functions. Although most brokers do OK in this area, there are some bad apples out there. For example, if you start typing 'Emerging markets', will the software find all the Emerging markets ETFs for you, even if their name doesn't start with 'emerging'? If you only ever traded US stocks and start typing 'Apple', will the AI show you the Apple stock or the obscure Irish stock Applegreen?

J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing got the green light, meaning its search functions are reasonably good.

J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing checklist
J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing Vanguard Ally Invest
Search functions Great Great Great
2-step authentication No Yes No
Biometric authentication Yes Yes Yes
Price alerts in the app No No No
Confirmation after successful trade Yes Yes Yes

We hear horror stories almost every month about accounts being emptied out by hackers - the easiest thing you can do to prevent these attacks is to make your account secure by enabling 2-step authentication. That is, if your broker offers this service. We think it is a must. As J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing doesn't have this functionality, you might want to consider having a look at another trading platform.

You cannot set price alerts in the J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing app. Yes, you can use a third-party app for this, but wouldn't it be much easier to have it in the broker's own app?

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Checklist for nice-to-have features

For some people it might be a deal-breaker if you can't set up a trailing stop limit - we totally get that. Others couldn't care less and also don't get excited if the app is available in 25 languages. Anyway, here is our checklist of minor, nice-to-have features:

J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing has these order types available in its app: Market, Limit, Stop-loss, Stop Limit.

At J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing you can use the following order terms & expiry in the app: Day,Good 'Til Canceled, On the Open, On the Close, Immediate or Cancel.

The J.P. Morgan Self-Directed Investing mobile app currently supports the following languages: English.

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Author of this article

Gyula Lencsés, CFA

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Gyula Lencsés, CFA has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He spent most of his career in the wealth management business as a portfolio manager of mutual funds. He has a trading experience in a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, ETFs, bonds, commodities, forex and derivatives markets.

Gyula Lencsés, CFA

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Gyula Lencsés, CFA has more than 10 years of experience in the financial industry. He spent most of his career in the wealth management business as a portfolio manager of mutual funds. He has a trading experience in a wide range of asset classes, including stocks, ETFs, bonds, commodities, forex and derivatives markets.

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