TradeStation Alternatives for Investors

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by KeyIG, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. KeyIG

    KeyIG

    TradeStation keeps raising their fees and have begun to transition to a full trading platform for active traders.

    I'm looking for a piece of charting software with an interface similar to TradeStation (workspaces, tabs, etc) but with a few features geared toward investors.

    1) On quote lists, the ability to insert columns of fundamental data. Most software packages don't even have the depth that something like Yahoo Finance has. I'd like to be able to easily see a comparison of this data on a quote board type display. I'd also like a column that allows text to be entered for notes.

    2) In-depth research of all fundamental data, SEC filings, news, balance sheets, income statements, etc. TradeStation does this in a browser window, which is fine.

    So far I've looked at eSignal, which provides barely any fundamental data and has a less desirable interface to TradeStation.

    Investor/RT had great fundamental data but the user interface is extremely confusing. The biggest annoyance was that chart windows do not automatically scale horizontally and the month/year labels disappear if you get too many periods/pixels.

    ProphetX had a great user interface and charting, but no fundamental data at all and no links to external sources.

    If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know.
     
  2. Metastock Quotecenter (AKA Reuters Bridgestation) has fundamental data. USD135/month
     
  3. iqfeed

    iqfeed DTN

    You mentioned that ProphetX doesn't have any Fundamental data. However, that really isn't true. Although poorly formated, below is a dump of the fields that we have for MSFT for example. These fields can be added to a quote sheet, or Quote Board. Were there particular fields you were looking for that you were unable to find?

    In ProphetX, you can add/remove as many columns as you want (then save it as a default template), including custom notes or formula fields. There is also a tabbed interface, not only within the window, but within multiple "pages".

    We do have an embedded web browser that you can save as tabs in your workbooks so it will always open to the page/pages you want. You are correct that we don't currently have custom links in the product, but it is on the drawing board.

    Feel free to contact me directly and I would be happy to walk you through the product a bit more thoroughly to see if it would meet your needs.

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    Open	24.1200			
    High	24.4001			
    Low	24.0300			
    Close	 --- 			
    Trade Date Time	08/02/06 16:00		Bid Date Time	08/02/06 16:56
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    52 Week Low Date	6/13/2006		EXCHANGE ID	274
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    Previous Split Factor	0.5		YEAR END CLOSE	 --- 
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    Quote Delay	0		DB SECURITIES TYPE	EQUITY
    MARKET CONDITION DESCRIPTION	Regular Market		Total Contract Cumulative Volume	 --- 
    Total Contract Volume	 --- 		Total Contract Open Interest	 --- 
    Total Contract Volume2	 --- 		Total Contract Open Interest2	 --- 
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    Bid Ask Trade Time	 4:39 PM		Ask Date	8/2/2006
    Ask Time	 4:39 PM		Bid Date	8/2/2006
    Bid Time	 3:56 PM		Trade Date	8/2/2006
    Trade Time	 3:00 PM			
    Trading Hours:	Mon 9:30 - Mon 15:59 *
    			
    	Tue 9:30 - Tue 15:59 *
    			
    	Wed 9:30 - Wed 15:59 *
    			
    	Thu 9:30 - Thu 15:59 *
    			
    	Fri 9:30 - Fri 15:59 *
    		
     
  4. KeyIG, in reference to Investor/RT, I assume you meant "vertical scaling" instead of horizontal scaling. And the trick to that....there's a little "A" or "M" in the upper right corner of each scale. A for automatic and M for manual. If the scale is in manual mode, just click on the M to return it to auto-scaling mode.