14 Alexa Skills to Improve Your Financial Fitness
Whether you're an avid investor or you're looking to get out of debt, knowledge is power in the world of finance. You could spend all your time reading blogs, following markets and analyzing trends, or you could ask Alexa for help. These skills turn the digital assistant into a money guru, available anytime you ask. Here are the most useful financial skills Alexa has to offer.
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Track stock prices
You have your pick of skills that can tell you stock prices, but the TD Ameritrade skill is a favorite among Alexa fans because it gets the job done quickly. It provides stock prices for U.S. traded stocks, exchange traded funds, mutual funds and major U.S. indices.
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Get real-world advice
Dave Ramsey helps people with real-life financial problems. On his show, he gives advice about budgeting, getting out of debt and living a good life. If you missed an episode or just want to listen while you're in the kitchen, ask Alexa to play it for you.
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Work smarter, not harder
Get tips on working and living smarter from Level Up by Forbes to start your day. The brief audio report gets added to your Flash Briefing, making the advice part of your everyday routine.
Monitor your spending
If you're a Capital One customer, this Alexa skill can help keep your credit card and bank-account balances in line. It can tell you the current balance, when your bill is due and even how much you spent at a specific store in a month.
Pick a winner
Keep up with the latest stocks and stock news by adding the Motley Fool Stock Watch to your Flash Briefing. The Fools discuss stock opportunities and how they affect investors.
Get entrepreneurial advice
If you're thinking about starting a business, add the Girl Genius skill, which gives tips on how to make your product go viral and be a success. It becomes part of your Flash Briefing, so you can start the day with a dose of business encouragement.
Have stock alerts delivered by text
Don't waste your day sitting in front of a screen, waiting for a stock to hit your buy or sell price. Let Alexa track it for you. StockTrigger sends a text when a stock you're watching hits a trigger that you define, such as increasing by 5 percent.
Hear business news you care about
Get personalized business news through BizTalk. Tell Alexa what business news you're interested in, and it will play only the relevant portions from BizTalk Radio. You can even send a comment to BizTalk through Alexa.
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Find currency exchange rates
What's the exchange rate for the pound? The yen? Alexa knows. Currency Today converts to U.S. dollars. You can ask about a country or a currency.
Balance your budget
Alexa can help you balance your budget through YouNeedABudget.com. Once you create an account on the site and link it to Alexa, you can check balances in categories such as transportation or add a new transaction to your account.
Keep up with business news in 1 minute
Stay up-to-date with the latest U.S. market conditions with Bloomberg Market Minute. In addition to giving you a quick take on the market, this skill offers stock prices and updates on indices on demand.
Listen to Warren Buffett quotes
Want to be a financial whiz? Get advice from one of the most successful investors in the U.S., Warren Buffett. This skill will let you listen to quotes such as, "Beware of geeks bearing formulas."
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Follow bitcoin's value
Are you ready to get into cryptocurrency? If you've invested in bitcoin or you're curious whether it would be a good investment for you, Bitcoin Price will help you track the current price in U.S. dollars.
Listen to advice on investing
Listen to the top-rated investing podcast We Study Billionaires through Alexa to get excellent advice on the markets and investing. With this skill, you can scan the titles of recent episodes to decide which one you want to listen to.