Portfolio Apps play a vital for professional traders, serious investors and those new to blockchain alike — providing a way of monitoring currency and tokens of interest in real-time. These apps enable anyone with an actual stake or potential interest in an exchange-listed digital asset, to keep tabs on their portfolios and often the marketplace at large — whether they check in hourly, daily or monthly.
Thanks to the mushrooming interest and investment coming into the trading space in recent months, the number of apps and sites designed to track the performance of a users’ portfolio has exploded. Incredibly, right now there are more than 200 different crypto portfolio tracker apps available just on the Appstore alone. While choice is normally a good thing, it can be a little bewildering to ascertain just which portfolio app has the right range of features for you. While the benefits of having a good one are easily grasped — from faster and more accurate trading information to better decision-making — a trial-and-error approach to sift through all those apps is clearly time better spent elsewhere.
Having looked at some of the leading apps (Block Influence is currently building KEE – a social-sentiment based portfolio app), in this article I outline my views on the best of the bunch (please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you spot anything I’ve missed). Hopefully this read will save you valuable trading time and shortcut your route to the right portfolio tracker for you.
Delta is one of the best-known portfolio apps, widely availability on desktop (macOS, Windows and Linux), and iOS/Android mobile. Delta modestly describes itself as “the best Bitcoin, ICO and Cryptocurrency tracker. Everywhere.” What is for sure though, is that it tracks a vast array of tokens (2000+) in support of its claim to have the largest library of supported coins. It also garners consistently high reviews (4.8 out of 5 on Appstore). Exchange support (175+), API connection functionality (to 13 exchanges) and a clear interface complete what is a highly compelling package — let down only by some rather limited charting and notification options.
· Large range of tokens and exchanges
· Standalone desktop app
· Trading fees tracked
· Multiple portfolio support
· Limited charting
· Unlimited exchange API connections limited to Pro version
Blockfolio — the self-styled “world’s most popular Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Portfolio Management App” — is perhaps the best-known of its breed in the marketplace. It’s available for iOS and Android mobile and, with an average review on the App Store of 4.7, it remains highly rated by its users. Those looking for a desktop app though will be disappointed. While Blockfolio’s charting abilities are impressive, it would be great to see more exchanges supported than the 50+ exchanges currently. Some common trading pairs, such as USDT, are also not available for certain exchanges. Among its other key features, Blockfolio’s notification functions are ideal for those looking to receive instant alerts when a specific price level is hit. A news aggregator tab provides a useful way of staying on top of the latest happenings. The new Signal feature, provides instant updates from the development teams of your portfolio teams, although some may find these notifications a little distracting.
· Great charting
· News aggregator
· Price-based alerts
· No desktop app
· Lack of exchange support and API access
· Signal messages can lack substance and become distracting
Cryptocompare — which seems to be currently available in website and android form only — positions itself as a professional, and data-focused hub suitable for organisations and individuals alike. There’s no doubt that the interface is very impressive, surfacing a huge amount of data on each asset. With news, articles and forum posts adding to the depth of insight and analysis available, it’s easy to see why many pro-traders rate this as a go-to site. A timeline function shows the key milestones in a token’s evolution and the influence tab provides some insight into sentiment across social-media platforms. With far too many other features to list here, this is one that’s definitely worth checking-out yourself.
One for aficionados , the Cointracking.info site currently boasts 300k+ active users, nine years of historical data and coin trends for all 6229 coins. It offers direct exchange transaction imports from 52 exchanges, plus eight supported wallet imports — including Trezor and Electrum. Pro-traders use the site for its powerful trade-analysis functionality including “Realised/Unrealised gains/losses”, average purchase prices, trading fees, coin trends — not to mention tax reports. While the level of functionality is ideal for serious and regular traders, free access is limited to a meagre 200 transactions. Anyone wanting to exceed that (for example by uploading their trade history) would need to fork out for an annual licence, coming in a reasonable $80 for the Pro version (max 3500 transactions) or $126 for Unlimited access. Cointracking.info offer an iOS and Android app. The app is easy to use and great for viewing key information on screen, follow trade profitability in real-time and set price alerts. However, it’s very much in the read-only vein, and not currently possible to add coins and trades via the app itself — a function which will be missed by some.
· Outstanding functionality for traders
· Great tax report options
· All coins tracked
· Wide range of exchanges and wallets supported making transaction imports a doddle
Coinstats highly rated app is available for iOS, Mac OS and Android. While the user interface lacks a little of the refinement found in some of the other players, it has some great functionality on its side. It features 1800 coins, with live prices from more than 80 exchanges. Automated exchange portfolio import functionality is available for an impressive 30+ exchanges. Its news aggregator tracks a wide range of sources (40+), including reddit and twitter for each coin. Coinstats alert settings are also a differentiator, with the ability to receive notifications based on not only price, but also market cap and volume. There is a (relatively novel) chatbot to automatically answer your coin-related queries. Pro functionality (£27.99 a year) allows multiple portfolios and useful auto alerts when coins rapidly change in price by 10%+.
Coinmanager is an attractive app available for iOS and Android. As well as solid alert functions (by both price and volume), it offers some impressive and unique features. Charting for example is powered by the industry leading Trading View, enabling the use of multiple indicators. An arbitrage function tracks price differential between exchanges. Its also possible to trade directly through the app, via API links to Binance, Bittrex, Bithumb and Coinone.
Available on iOS and Android, Cryptopanic is pitched as a free news aggregator that also offers portfolio and alert features. From the off, Cryptopanic’s landscape desktop format and styling makes a refreshing change to many of its more portfolio-focused stable-mates. Stump up $99 for the Pro version and you get instant coin alerts and the ability to customise your news page by adding your own news feeds and switching off default news sources. While the charting abilities — provided by Coinmarketcap.com — are relatively limited, most users will be coming to Cryptopanic for its ability to display the latest news by coin ticker. This is something it does very, very well indeed.
· Great interface for news
· Pro option allows great customisation and alerts functionality
· Portfolio tracker element lacks functionality compared to other apps
Altpocket’s USP is their ability to combine an active community and ICO listings together with the functionality of a portfolio tracker. While the iOS and Android apps are yet to launch, the forums and ability to vote on polls will attract those looking for unique views and insight. The UI is enticing, especially for desktop, and once the team work through a properly optimised mobile experience, it’s clear that this app will be up there with the best of them.
· Community functionality
· Auto-imports currently limited to Bittrex, Binance, Coinbase and Poloniex
Cointracker is available for both iOS and Android. It tracks more than 2,500 coins, allowing you to connect transactions from 20 exchanges. You can also import Bitcoin, Ethereum / ERC20, Litecoin and Dogecoin wallets. While charting functionality via the simple app is limited, perhaps the biggest attraction of Cointracker is its automated tax form creation (focused on US tax residents). While these tax plans range from £34 to £780, depending on the number of transactions, clearly this element of the site will be useful to many.
Cryptagon bills itself as the “most advanced crypto portfolio tracker” and it certainly is in ambition if not in execution. The site has a great look when viewed on desktop and mobile alike. While iOS and Android apps remain on the roadmap (along with notification capability), the site promises realised vs. unrealised gains and ROI. Manual transaction uploads are easy to do on the move and automatic imports are available for Coinbase, GDAX, Bittrex, Poloniex, Binance, KuCoin and Kraken. While Cryptagon promises much, it would seem that the last update to the software (and its twitter account) was last March, so its not clear whether the project roadmap remains active with the missing features expected any time soon.
· Nice UI
· Easy to use portfolio features
· No iOS or Android app as yet
· No alert functionality as yet
Our score (out of 10): 5
Given the array of portfolio apps out there and the subjectivity inherent in any such review, there are some great sites didn’t make this particular cut. Among the best of the rest are Coinloop.io (which includes futures pricing), Sickey.io, and Cryptfolio.com, all of which are worth a look.
And for anyone about to embarking on their own quest to find (or even build) the best portfolio tracker app, here are the features to look out for:
· Standalone Mobile and Desktop apps with slick UI
· All coins and exchanges tracked and easily integrated
· Great charting capability and indicators, even on mobile
· Alerts based on a range of criteria
· Customisable news and social media aggregation
While no-one has yet to nail the perfect solution to meet all these requirements, it’s clear that there’s enough choice out there in the current crop of trackers to satisfy most people’s needs — so here’s to happy tracking, trading and investing.