Good Content, Not a Good Value 3/5
By IronMike LB
The Content in Barron's is good. Better than the drivel in many free financial publications with cheap click-bait headlines. For the money the depth of content isn't great, thus ensuring it's a middling value. I have continued my subscription, largely and admittedly out of habit --and because the inclusion of what are few good quality and thought provoking articles.
An experienced investor won't learn much however from Barron's content and app.
Among the biggest disappointments for Barron's include the incessant "login or subscribe" screen takeover --even though I am a paid subscriber who has invested many hundreds of dollars over time-- is not is both frustrating and poorly designed.
Ive tried working with it and creating a password, but nothing has worked --possibly since I was a subscriber through Apple not Barron's directly?
In any case, when a customer-subscriber spends a premium for app-sized content, the insanely aggressive and hopelessly flawed approach to get a sign in or registration --all to sell more ads at higher prices, mind you, is cause to cancel the subscription.
Barron's also did some harassing --or at least interrupting to get this review --again in self unvarnished self interest-- more reviews can generate more app downloads. However in articulating this review, I have come to realize the monthly fee is best directed to one of my young children's brokerage accounts, where they will use it to learn about the great merits of disciplined long term investing, and the effects that compounding will have over the 55 years until they reach retirement age.
Doing the math, that decision spurred by shortcomings in this product, is the far and away best value Barron's helped, in an unintended manner, to create.
My opinion, take your subscription and teach a young person how to invest those dollars for the long haul. Not only will you create a infinitely greater value for yourself and that kid, you'll have done a not so small service to society if that child goes on to "pay it forward" educating just one or two of his friends and family.
The fact that I care more about long term value rather than the sensational, quasi-political headline judgments in Barron's probably makes me less interesting to the advertisers Barron's serves, and likely that's better for those advertisers to not pay for my screen time with their ads too. None of which I have ever clicked deliberately.
Meaningful investment insights 5/5
Barron's provides timely and actionable information at both the security and macro economic level. 👍🏻👍🏻
Been ja Barron's 4/5
By Giovanni m. Henriques VII
Been a Barron's fan long time since it was sold ..it has been degraded however it is helpful and that's fine you good investment ideas I really miss Michael standoff
Great app, love the news and tips 5/5
An essential for investors.
The font on the iPad version is unreadable. 1/5
They simply destroyed the iPad version of the app since the redesign.
Nothing Free 1/5
You can download the app, but there's nothing to read without paying.
Great resource for the investor 5/5
Been a subscriber to Barron's for about a month now. Very impressed. Articulate writing, diverse investing ideas, updates every day. What's not to like? Rhetorical question. Thank for for empowering the investor community.
Too many ads 2/5
By Attention disrupter
I'm a subscriber and downloaded their app for my iPad. Wow am I disappointed. Every third page I'm reading it shows an ad. I wanted the articles, not an annoying ad for Barron's Next. I canned the app in about 30 minutes.
Someone in Barron's is a real jerk for treating their paying customers with such disdain...
Horrible ads 1/5
By Danny bg
Come on Barron's, your ads are out of control! I understand you need to make money, but when EVERY screen is 2/3 taken up by a moving ad, then it is just too much. I can't even concentrate on what I am reading. The quality of your magazine is getting diluted in my eyes. As a paid subscriber I find this strategy obnoxious and very short sighted.
Very useful 4/5
Well written. Functional.
Barron's is a 5-Star 5/5
By Rich - 38 years old - SoCal
i love Barron's, but i wish they would "spice up" the iPhone app.. the organization is kinda plain .. but that is my only complaint, Barron's Barron's love me some Barron's!
By Optimist 1318
My main source for deep thinking on the market. An amalgam of different ideas from many good sources. A broad view, not bullish or bearish, but both. A good source of investment ideas. A good investment!
Amazing, almost perfect!! 5/5
I am not an investor, but I have always loved following the financial markets and other business/investing news/issues. I'm an avid watcher of Bloomberg TV. But I kept hearing about Barron's, and how they were a magazine put out by Dow Jones, owners of WSJ. I downloaded the app and started a trial for a month, and I loved it! That was in April! The app works very well, and the content is amazing, and I love the watch list feature!! I'm 24 and plan on putting money into the stock market when I can afford to do so, and Barron's is part of the reason why! Great app, and so worth the subscription price!!
Best Weekly Finance Magazine 5/5
By Kindle gal
I've subscribed to Barron's for years; in fact the journalists are like best friends. I am delighted to preview the weekly magazine on my iPad early Saturday mornings before the print edition arrives in my mailbox. I'm glad that mid-week commentary can be accessed with the iPad App.
Barrons rating 4/5
This app is user friendly but nothing special.
Not bad 3/5
Lots of advertising. Navigation a bit clumsy. But magazine is easy to read and in-article stock links are appreciated.
Great App 5/5
Easy to read articles and navigate. I enjoy the app because I still get news while on the go.
Too many ads taking up too much storage 1/5
2/3 of magazine app is ads.
Each edition takes 800 Mbps
Have read Barron's for years, both print and online. Thought it would be nice to have the app on my phone. Just downloaded and no matter what I try, all I see are the covers of current and several issues back. The most current have no download button making me think you should just be able to tap to expand/open. The older issues have a download button and when tapped, it does appear to download but regardless, neither the current or archived do anything when tapped, double tapped, pinched, prodded etc.
So yes, as the title said, this app appears to be useless.
Customer finishes last 2/5
By Fred the Duck
In the war for screen real estate, sadly Barron's customers come in last (approx 1/3) to the advertisers. So why again do I need to pay for an annual subscription ?
Great app 5/5
Great app. Desktop is better, however a good place to stay up to date
Service s-cks 3/5
Great articles, extremely informative.
App, online and customer service is the worst.
They can't seem to get the paper delivered to me by Sunday. I can't get my email address updated on their account page so I'm stuck using an old email. In addition, if you ever try to call into customer service it's takes forever and they never fix the issues. Completely inept. It really is a shame they can't get it right.
Nice layout 5/5
Hey, every publication has to sell ads.
These ads are at least static and not distracting. Content is good. E-version is actually easier to read than the physical paper (which is an unwieldy format). Very clean design. Hands down better than Bloomberg. Goodbye, Bloomberg. Get your IT team to produce a useful product.
Mediocrity calls 1/5
Having one of the best apps must have made Bloomberg self conscious and he must have asked for a really bad one to be offered. How else to explain this fiasco? One of the worst redesigns in the history of mobile computing.
Easy to use 5/5
Great app and makes it easy to get the articles!!
Terrible FONT 1/5
Please return the font back to what it was in prior version. There is too much white space between the lines!
Better than before 5/5
Barron's has come a long way. It is much more user friendly, easier to navigate and more real time now. Something to be said about a traditional publishing house for a traditional industry.
Too much advertising 3/5
The articles are good but for paid content there is way too much advertising. On top of that the ads are animated, repeat on every page and leave only 1/3 of the screen to actual content. Disgrace for $150 per year.
Great app and content 5/5
By Oh football
Great App & Even Better Content 5/5
Reading Barron's has given me both sage advice and fun since college days. This app allows me to read my favorite publication anywhere, even when my paper copy is languishing thousands of miles away. If you want to read a single publication that will keep you abreast of the global economy, look no further. If you have time to read two, check out the Daily Telegraph's City Briefing.
It just keeps getting better. Barron's and The Telegraph should be read by every single educated woman and man on the planet.
Love it! 5/5
Don't even need the printed paper.
Missing The Statistics 3/5
The app completely ignores important weekly numbers such as commodity prices(ie gold, oil) & largest stock price up & down for the week , short interest. You have the figures. Use them!
Much better after the update 5/5
By Evil green bean's sister
Much easier to navigate and switch between the weekly version and the daily.
Excelente app.....as well all the articles
Investment Idea Source 5/5
I have made money over 20 years using quality ideas from Barron's. I've lost a little too. The diverse perspectives are great.
Summer deal 5/5
I took advantage of a Barron's summer promotion to get both the paper delivered & digital version for the same price as just the digital subscription. Overall, very happy with my subscription.
Barron's content where and when I need it 5/5
The app is easy to navigate and contains all the Barron's content which has made me a devoted reader for the last 35 years.
Excessive advertising 2/5
By Running man 8967
Update: since the most recent app refresh the magazine now seems to take longer to load and the font has been updated to one less readable. On iPhone the app consistently will not update with the newest content each week, continuously forcing restarts of the app or complete reinstalls in order for the content to update.
While Barron's content and quality is excellent, the current format of the app leaves much to be desired. The level of forced advertising is totally excessive, forcing the user to scroll through page after page with hardly any text on it just to read a brief article.
Great content, excellent authors! Love Barron's!
A must read every week 5/5
I read Barrons every Saturday morning to prepare for my investment week. It gives me a clear direction for what is ahead in the markets.
Content vs Tech 4/5
As with much of today's media, Barron's content is great. The technology can sometimes negatively affect the overall experience.
Nice app and good content 4/5
Always liked Barron's. Great content and analysis. The app is a bit clumsy but well done.
Saturday morning 4/5
I'm hooked, reading Barron's on my iPad early Saturday morning. It is now the only financial magazine I read. The new version works better but I did like the older sectioned format - columns, features...
Keeps getting better 5/5
By d sf
The app keeps improving. I like the content and new font.
I wish all charts and photos from mag were there. Oddly, I miss some of the ads.
Very good app 4/5
Very good app for stocks and good reading on stock markets.
Want to forward articles to friends 4/5
I wish I could forward articles to friends but they can't read them if they are not subscribers.
Great source of market news. Great app. 5/5
By Plutus money
I don't even read the paper version any more. Love the app.
Great app 5/5
By Abdul the sailher
Love Barron's content. Love their app. Still appreciate the newspaper though.