What is trading software?

Discussion in 'Trading Software' started by vguy, Dec 21, 2006.

  1. vguy


    I see lots of commercial about the trading software. I see lots of fellow elitetraders using these software.

    I would like to you know them generally. I have limited knowledge about charting, and techincal indicators. Keeping in my mind about the nature of job, 30-day free trial will not help to understand .

    What do I expect from any software? Do I need to know about all types charting before I buy a software? Do I need to know all sorts of tech. indicators before I buy any software? I am sure these software dont give any stock recommendations. Does these software help me to develop some strategy? What are factors I need to consider before I choose to buy any software?

    I am small time trader who does on average 2-3 trades in a month. My goal is to make 15%-18% annually. I am not able achieve with what I am doing now.
    How will the software beneficial to somebody like me?
  2. vguy


    No replies, yet..... :( :( :( :(
  3. Here in the US...there are some holidays..be patient vguy..I am sure you will get some replies.

    Thanks for the thread...It causes some of us to look at what we do.

  4. doli


    If you trade just 2-3 time a month, daily/weekly charts might be adequate. You might get by with what's available for free from stockcharts.com. Do you need realtime charts? What does your broker offer?
  5. igor043


    Investors use fundamental analysis to trade. Traders often use technicals. As as trader, it's good to know all the options available to help you select stocks, and knowing when to get in and out. Your brokerage should have software package and information on its meaning. Important to read books on technicals - look at this website, or Amazon.com, or local bookstore. Then try to backtest strategies you feel comfortable with. Then paper trade. Finally, if it looks successful, place trades slowly and smally quantities, and study results. Your trading style appears to be swing or position trading. Basic technicals will help you. For me, I wouldn't know how to trade without technicals.
  6. Once he PC was invented several other trading and investing aids came ino being.

    Before PC, It was a grind to pull down 10% a trade every few days on each stream of capital running.

    Now with the PC, two main streams of consideration emerge:

    !. receiving and transmitting data and

    2. processing data.

    So far the financial idustry is way behind compared to the needs. Nevertheless, you can use whayt is available to achieve two things:

    1. Cutting personal work down, and

    2. Conveniently storing your work.

    Your situation is typical of a person with money in the markets and no way to utilize the porential the PC offers these days.

    The best way for you to drop into the scene is via yor broker's spport capabilities. Once you have down the ways in which you can complete your Findamental Analysis from that support, you can go on to see what you want to do to increase your performance with other typical support.

    Graphics will be a consideration.

    So will analysis techniques.

    Your decision making can become well organized through spread sheets and having your business plan stated and updated on the PC.

    Sub routines like your trading plans, logs and results can fit into your business plan as a dynamic.

    I have found that the whole process for maiking money can be done in steps each taking but milliseconds nowadays.

    If you go the route of optimizing making money, you will find normal trading cycles come down to several days for extracting the cyclic potential of price movement.

    There are many leading indicators of price so that makes the monitoring a flag onted style either on an after hours or real times basis.

    Once you have the flag, you can do the analysis and decision making.

    Most platforms these days are about the same. The two parts are: monitoring and trading. Your broker has both to start. Where the broker ens, the commercial platforms overlap and begin.

    In two or three years I feel that platforms will have testing and analysis capabilities that are average. What they have now is more sales tool oriented than performance orientaed.

    I use 4 different ones plus coding to take care of their shortcomings. Your year is a week for me.

    For monitoring I would go for 5 degrees of freedom.

    You can use the standard fomulations for these degrees of freedom to get stanadard analysis done and displayed.

    So far there are not many web sites that have any analysis examples that demonstrate much in skill applications.

    To carve a path through all of this, make a list of questions that are rational and that are stepping off points from your current method. Go for waves of 25 qestions at each wave. You will quickly rise through several doublings of performance in a short while. Most people can double their performance form any starting point about 8 times.
  7. bighog

    bighog Guest

    Is Flomax a possibility?
  8. dinoman


    If you were to understand technical analysis, you could answer your own question. Since you don't until you do it is of no use to you. :D
  9. What are you trading? My guess is stocks, if so you will have a hard time without some professional help and some good old fashioned education.

    Start with reading a few suggested books, stay away from 2am infomercials (red light green light crap) and failsafe ways to trade from your bedroom in your slippers netting 100%+ a week.

    Good hunting...
  10. vguy


    I have account with TOS. I checked out the charts. Its pretty overwelming. I have decided to take baby steps.
    #10     Dec 28, 2006