Over the years I’ve been asked where to get the best free stock charts on the Internet and there is actually a nice selection out there. These are robust charting platforms and all of them are free and have real-time charts
The following list of resources provides all the features one would expect from a robust charting platform. Personally I use Think or Swim for my “real-life trading platform” but I also use a few of the charting platforms listed below.
ToS can be slow and I find that Freestockcharts.com allows me to bounce around much quicker between timeframes and different stocks. It has so many features that it literally took me 100-hours of using it to become extremely proficient.
If you’re new to using FSC, be sure to watch some of the Help videos to speed up the learning curve dramatically.
The other site that I think is most similar to FSC is TradingView.com. They offer robust real-time charts and a community where people post marked-up charts that one can go through.
This is a professional-level charting platform and it also has real-time data.
I also find myself using FinViz a lot but I don’t subscribe to their real-time data. I think FinViz is most useful for looking at a “carpet view” of charts.
Here’s an example of what I mean by that. I entered all the gold and silver mining stocks that I could think of and then bookmarked that link.
I have bookmarked links to all sorts of different sectors that are organized in a folder in my browser. So I can simply pull up big lists of stocks with a couple clicks and eyeball them to see how the sector is doing and to find new ideas. FinViz also has the best free stock screener on the web.
The most popular charting website is probably Stockcharts.com and it’s definitely useful for many things. I use it for comparison charts and charts that show percent return mainly, but it might actually be the most comprehensive of all – and it’s fast. Here’s a link directly to the SPX with a few indicators and I have this bookmarked for quick access.
Occasionally I’m watching the Futures at night and my go-to charting website for real-time Futures charts is investing.com. They also offer a multitude of other free charts for various instruments. I mainly use it for Futures like I said.
Last but not least is the best of all – Think or Swim. I use this for real-life trading and I believe they actually offer it free, even for non-customers. The thing about ToS is that it tends to be slower (at least for me) so I mainly use it for real trading and use the others when I’m just looking for ideas. When I find something I’m really focused on then I add it to my watchlist in ToS and then get down to business.
All in all ToS is the most powerful and comprehensive of all these platforms in my opinion, but it comes with the limitation of being quite a bit slower – if you want to bounce around between tons of charts on different timeframes quickly, I prefer the others.
ToS is definitely the best I’ve used when it comes to real trading though.
I have 5 monitors and make use of several of these charting resources every day. It really depends on what I’m doing and I’ve found that each has their own benefit.
There are probably a few others and I’ll update this post at some point, but between those free charting platforms, which all offer real-time charts I don’t really need much else.
Except one thing…
I use Trade Ideas on a daily basis and there’s no better stock scanning tool out there. Yes they also have charts. The thing about Trade Ideas is that you can set up custom scans for literally anything you can dream up.
I’ve been using Trade Ideas for a few years now and there’s no better scanner / screener / Real-Time tool available anywhere. I highly recommend you give it a try.