If you’re looking for a community-based investing platform that offers commission free trading, fractional shares, and a pretty user interface, then Public is the investment app for you.
While the Public investing app is fairly new, the company itself has been around for a while. Public is a re-brand of Matador, which was the first app to break into the mobile investing app market, so let’s see what Public has to offer and see if it’s worth your time.
How do we rate the Public investment app?
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I really hate to give public only 4.2 stars, because I actually really like the app, and the way it integrates the community into it is pretty neat, BUT Public just doesn’t have many features.
Their referral program is pretty solid, but really none of it’s strengths are a big enough deal to outweigh the limitations of the app.
What services does Public have?
Public doesn’t offer a very big range of services compared to other apps, but it does it’s job. The one feature that it DOES have that’s pretty interesting is the ability to chat with other investors and see their investments.
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How simple is the Public investment app?
Simplicity is one of Public’s stronger points. It’s still not the most simple investing app in the market, Acorns and Cash App still are, but the developers did a pretty good job at keeping the app approachable and intuitive.
You won’t be getting confused by tons of different screens and even if you do have a question, there’s a social media-like community on the app that you can chat with.
Overall, there’s not a lot of investing apps that are more simple than Public is, so don’t worry about not being able to figure it out.
Public sign-up and referral bonuses
One of the best things about Public is it’s sign-up and referral program.
All you have to do to be eligible is sign-up with someone’s referral link, and open an account. Then you just pick a company that you’d like to own and Public will reward you with some stock in that company.
I received $7 in Microsoft, which I believe is the amount they give everyone, although I’m not 100% sure on that yet.
Public's stock research tools
As far as stock research goes, Public doesn’t have good research tools, there’s no point pretending it does.
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