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Real-Time / Delayed Data (Continuous Feed)

This category includes data services that provide a continuous stream of pricing data, whether the transmission is instantaneous or delayed for 15 to 30 minutes.
Product Name (Company)Website
ActiveTick Platform (ActiveTick LLC)www.activetick.com
Bloomberg Professional Service (Bloomberg)www.bloomberg.com
CQG Integrated Client (CQG, Inc.)www.cqg.com
DTN.IQ (DTN)www.interquote.com
eSignal (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
EZE Software (EZE Software Group)www.ezesoft.com
Genesis Financial Data (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
Kinetick (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
MetaStock XENITH (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
myTrack (Track Data Corporation)www.trackdata.com
NASDAQ Quotes (NASDAQ)www.nasdaq.com
QuoteStream (QuoteMedia)www.quotemedia.com
RealTimeData.com (RealTimeData.com)www.realtimedata.com
TC2000 (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
Thomson Reuters Eikon (Thomson Reuters)financial.thomsonreuters.com
Trade The News (Trade The News)www.tradethenews.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com

End-of-Day Data (Download On Demand)

In this category, we included data services for which the user initiates the download of data to the user's computer, even if the data is 15-30 minutes old.
Product Name (Company)Website
DataLink (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Dial-Data (Track Data Corporation)www.trackdata.com
DTN.IQ (DTN)www.interquote.com
EODData (EODData)www.eoddata.com
eSignal (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
FT Cloud (Investors FastTrack)www.investorsfasttrack.com
Genesis Financial Data (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
IDX Database (Pinnacle Data Corp.)www.pinnacledata.com
InvestorLink (Marketsource Online)www.msodata.com
Markit (Markit Group Ltd)www.markit.com
Morningstar Daily Data (Morningstar)www.morningstar.com
My Barchart (Barchart)www.barchart.com
NYSE Euronext Data Historical (NYSE Euronext)nyxdata.com
OmniData Real Time and End-of-Day Data (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
Premium Data (Norgate Investor Services)www.premiumdata.net
QuoteVue Data Service (OptionVue Systems International Inc.)www.optionvue.com
RealTimeData.com (RealTimeData.com)www.realtimedata.com
TC2000 (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
Tick Data (Tick Data, Inc.)www.tickdata.com
Unfair Advantage (UA) (Commodity Systems, Inc. (CSI))www.csidata.com
Yahoo! Finance (Yahoo! Finance)finance.yahoo.com

Stock Brokerages

Some stock brokerages have been around since the turn of the last century and have names entrenched in Wall Street; others are products of the modern era or even of various mergers that have taken place over the years. This category includes both full-service and discount stock brokerages.
Product Name (Company)Website
Charles Schwab (Charles Schwab)www.schwab.com
Ditto Trade (Ditto Trade)www.dittotrade.com
E*Trade (E*TRADE Group, Inc.)www.etrade.com
FCStone (INTL FCStone Inc.)www.intlfcstone.com
Fidelity Brokerage (Fidelity Investments)www.fidelity.com
Hold Brothers (Hold Brothers)www.holdbrothers.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
Investrade Discount Securities (Investrade Discount Securities)www.investrade.com
Lightspeed Trading (Lightspeed Financial Inc.)www.lightspeed.com
MB Trading (MB Trading, Inc.)www.mbtrading.com
myTrack Edge (Track Data Corporation)www.trackdata.com
optionsXpress (optionsXpress)www.optionsxpress.com
Robbins Trading Company (Robbins Trading Company)www.robbinstrading.com
Saxo Bank (Saxo Bank)www.saxobank.com
Scottrade Financial Services, Inc. (Scottrade)www.scottrade.com
TC2000 Brokerage (TC2000 Brokerage, Inc.)TC2000Brokerage.com
TD AMERITRADE (TD AMERITRADE, Inc.)www.tdameritrade.com
thinkorswim (thinkorswim, Inc.)www.thinkorswim.com
TradeKing (TradeKing Group)www.tradeking.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
Wall Street Access (Wall Street Access)www.wallstaccess.com

Futures Brokerages

Traders who employ technical analysis are often short-term traders, and futures trading is often part of their repertoire. The choice of futures broker can sometimes make the difference between a good and bad fill.
Product Name (Company)Website
Advantage Futures (Advantage Futures)www.advantagefutures.com
ALTAVEST Worldwide Trading, Inc. (ALTAVEST Worldwide Trading, Inc.)www.altavest.com
AMP Global Clearing (AMP Global Clearing LLC)www.ampclearing.com
ApexFutures.com (ApexFutures.com)www.ApexFutures.com
Attain Capital Management (Attain Capital Management)www.AttainCapital.com
Blue Futures (Blue Futures)bluefutures.com
Crown Futures Corporation (Crown Futures Corporation)www.scaletrading.com
Dorman Trading (Dorman Trading)www.dormantrading.com
DT Futures (Direct Trade Futures)www.dtfutures.com
Efutures (Efutures.com)www.efutures.com
Express Futures (ExpressFutures.com)www.expressfutures.com
FCStone (INTL FCStone Inc.)www.intlfcstone.com
Global Futures Exchange & Trading Company, Inc. (Global Futures Exchange & Trading Company, Inc.)www.GlobalFutures.com
Infinity Futures (Infinity Futures)www.infinityfutures.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
myTrack Edge (Track Data Corporation)www.trackdata.com
NinjaTrader Brokerage (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
Open E Cry (Open E Cry, LLC)www.openecry.com
optionsXpress (optionsXpress)www.optionsxpress.com
Orion Futures Group, Inc. (Orion Futures Group, Inc.)www.orionfutures.com
PTI Securities & Futures L.P. (PTI Securities & Futures L.P.)www.ptisecurities.com
RJO Futures (RJO Futures)rjofutures.rjobrien.com/
Robbins Trading Company (Robbins Trading Company)www.robbinstrading.com
Saxo Bank (Saxo Bank)www.saxobank.com
Smart Futures (Smart Futures)www.smartfutures.net
TD AMERITRADE (TD AMERITRADE, Inc.)www.tdameritrade.com
Trader's Edge (Trader's Edge)atradersedge.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
Wisdom Financial (Wisdom Financial Inc)www.wisdomfinancialinc.com
Zaner Group (Zaner Group)www.zaner.com

Forex Brokerages

When selecting a forex brokerage, it is important to know what their spreads are, the research tools they offer, the types of accounts available, leverage options, and that they are backed by a reliable institution.
Product Name (Company)Website
Alpari (Alpari US)www.alpari-us.com/
Attain Capital Management (Attain Capital Management)www.AttainCapital.com
AvaTrade (AvaTrade)www.avatrade.com
CMS Forex (Capital Market Services LLC (CMS Forex))www.cmsfx.com
Dukascopy (Dukascopy (Suisse) SA)www.dukascopy.com
E*Trade (E*TRADE Group, Inc.)www.etrade.com
Easy Forex (Easy Forex)www.easy-forex.com
Farr Financial Inc. (Farr Financial Inc.)www.farrfinancial.com
FCStone (INTL FCStone Inc.)www.intlfcstone.com
FOREX.com (FOREX.com)www.FOREX.com
FX Solutions LLC (FX Solutions LLC)www.fxsol.com
FXCM (Forex Capital Markets LLC)www.fxcm.com
FXDD.com (FXDD)www.fxdd.com
Global Forex Trading (Global Forex Trading (GFT))www.gftforex.com/
Global Futures Exchange & Trading Company, Inc. (Global Futures Exchange & Trading Company, Inc.)www.GlobalFutures.com
HY Markets (Henyep Capital Markets)www.hymarkets.com
IFX Market Ltd. (City Index Ltd.)www.ifxmarkets.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
Lightspeed Trading (Lightspeed Financial Inc.)www.lightspeed.com
MB Trading (MB Trading, Inc.)www.mbtrading.com
NinjaTrader Brokerage (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
OANDA (OANDA)www.oanda.com
optionsXpress (optionsXpress)www.optionsxpress.com
RJO Futures (RJO Futures)rjofutures.rjobrien.com/
Saxo Bank (Saxo Bank)www.saxobank.com
Swissquote (Swissquote)www.swissquote.com/fx
TD AMERITRADE (TD AMERITRADE, Inc.)www.tdameritrade.com
ThinkForex (ThinkForex)www.ThinkForex.com
TradeKing (TradeKing Group)www.tradeking.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
TradeView Forex (TradeView Ltd.)www.tradeviewforex.com
Zaner Group (Zaner Group)www.zaner.com

Institutional Platforms

Institutional money managers require the best that current technology has to offer. The trading platform offers real-time access to domestic and foreign markets, multiple news sources, and fundamental data resources. Sophisticated analytics are often available for more esoteric instruments. A separate server may process the information for several workstations.
Product Name (Company)Website
Bloomberg Professional Service (Bloomberg)www.bloomberg.com
DTN ProphetX (DTN)www.interquote.com
eSignal (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
FastTrack-MX (Track Data Corporation)www.trackdata.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
MetaStock Pro (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
Thomson Reuters Eikon (Thomson Reuters)financial.thomsonreuters.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
Wave59 PRO2 (Wave59 Technologies)www.wave59.com
X_TRADER (Trading Technologies International, Inc.)tradingtechnologies.com

Professional Platforms

Not as all-encompassing as the institutional platform but still top level for the professional trader, the professional platform may include many of the same features: hardware, software for charting and analysis, and real-time data. News access and options analysis are often available.
Product Name (Company)Website
ActiveTick Platform (ActiveTick LLC)www.activetick.com
AmiBroker Standard (AmiBroker.com)www.amibroker.com
Aspen Graphics v4.2 (Aspen Research Group, Ltd.)www.aspenres.com
CQG Integrated Client (CQG, Inc.)www.cqg.com
DealBook 360 (Global Forex Trading (GFT))www.gftforex.com/
DTN ProphetX (DTN)www.interquote.com
eSignal (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
EZE Software (EZE Software Group)www.ezesoft.com
GTS Pro (FX Solutions LLC)www.fxsol.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
Investor/RT (Linn Software, Inc.)www.linnsoft.com
IQ-Trader (PatSystems)www.patsystems.com
MetaTrader (MetaQuotes Software Corp.)www.metaquotes.net
Money.net (Money.net, Inc.)www.money.net
Neovest (Neovest, Inc.)www.neovest.com
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
Optionomics Systems (Optionomics Corp.)www.optionomics.com
PhotonTrader (FuturePath Trading)www.futurepathtrading.com
Pro-Mark (PatSystems)www.patsystems.com
TC2000 (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
thinkorswim (thinkorswim, Inc.)www.thinkorswim.com
Thomson Reuters Eikon (Thomson Reuters)financial.thomsonreuters.com
TopGun Software (TopGun Software)www.topgunsoftware.com/
TradeNavigator Platinum (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
Unfair Advantage (UA) (Commodity Systems, Inc. (CSI))www.csidata.com
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
VTtrader (Capital Market Services LLC (CMS Forex))www.cmsfx.com
Wave59 PRO2 (Wave59 Technologies)www.wave59.com

Online Analytical Platforms

Nowadays, more and more technical analysis applications are tied in closely with the Internet. We've specified for this category products that retrieve and present data from remote servers (as well as the entire Internet) and offer many of the analytical tools found in standalone software. Data is supplied as part of the service.
Product Name (Company)Website
AmiBroker Standard (AmiBroker.com)www.amibroker.com
bigcharts.com (MarketWatch, Inc.)cbs.marketwatch.com
Bollinger On Bollinger Bands (Bollinger Capital Management, Inc.)www.BollingerBands.com
ChartLabPro (ChartLabPro)www.thechartlab.com
ChartPattern.com (ChartPattern.com)www.ChartPattern.com
eSignal.com (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
FreeStockCharts.com (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
Incredible Charts (Vizhon Corporation)www.incrediblecharts.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
IQ Chart (IQ Chart)www.iqchart.com
longtermtrading.com (longtermtrading.com)www.longtermtrading.com
Money.net (Money.net, Inc.)www.money.net
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
schaeffersresearch.com (Schaeffer's Investment Research, Inc.)www.schaeffersresearch.com
Schwab Active Trading (Charles Schwab)www.schwab.com
StockCharts.com (StockCharts.com, Inc.)www.stockcharts.com
thinkorswim (thinkorswim, Inc.)www.thinkorswim.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
Trading the Pristine Method; Pristine Trading Labs (Pristine.com)www.pristine.com
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com

Standalone Analytical Software, $1000 and more

These packages provide the tools for charting markets and indicators, performing technical and sometimes fundamental analysis, and some include advanced system development capabilities. Some packages may focus on a particular area of technical analysis, such as cycles.
Product Name (Company)Website
AbleTrend (AbleSys Corporation)www.ablesys.com
Best Choice Software (Best Choice Software)www.bestchoicesoftware.com
Drummond Geometry Indicators (Ted Hearne Associates, Inc)www.DrummondGeometry.com
Dynamic Trader Software and Trading Course (Dynamic Traders Group, Inc.)www.dynamictraders.com
eSignal, Advanced GET Edition (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
FastBreak Pro (Edge Ware, Inc.)www.edge-ware.com
Fibonacci Trader 4 Real Time (Fibonacci Trader Corporation)www.fibonaccitrader.com
Ganntrader 3.1 release 13 (Gannsoft Publishing Company)www.ganntrading.com
Investor/RT (Linn Software, Inc.)www.linnsoft.com
MetaStock Pro (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
MTI 4.0 (Market Traders Institute, NA)forextips.com
MultiCharts (MultiCharts, LLC)www.multicharts.com
NeuroShell Trader Professional (Ward Systems Group, Inc.)www.neuroshell.com
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
Tradecision (Alyuda Research)www.tradecision.com/
TradeGuider (TradeGuider)www.tradeguider.com
TradeNavigator Platinum (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
Trading Blox (Trading Blox)www.tradingblox.com
TradingSolutions Real-time (NeuroDimension, Inc.)www.tradingsolutions.com
Updata Pro (Updata)www.updatata.com
VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software (Market Technologies, LLC)www.tradertech.com
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
VisualTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com

Standalone Analytical Software, $500-$1000

Most technically based traders as well as newcomers can find 95% of their requirements met by software packages listed in this category. These products will provide charting and technical analysis and some will include system development. A few products include ready-to-go trading systems or may focus on a particular style of technical analysis.
Product Name (Company)Website
AIQ TradingExpert Pro (AIQ Systems)www.aiqsystems.com
Floor Traders Tools (ARC System, Inc.)www.trendpro.com
High Growth Stock Investor (HGSI) (Industry Monitors)www.highgrowthstock.com
Market Master 2000 (PrimeCharts Limited)www.PrimeCharts.com
MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
NeoTicker (TickQuest Inc.)www.tickquest.com
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
OmniTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
Pattern Forecaster Plus V 2.0 (Matheny Enterprises)www.ment.com
Personal Hotline (Trendsetter Software)www.trendsoft.com
Pit-View.com (Advanced Market Systems, Inc.)www.advancedmarketsystems.com
StrataSearch (Avarin Systems Inc)www.StrataSearch.com
TechniFilter Plus (Brightspark)www.technifilter.com
TradeNavigator Gold (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
TradingSolutions End of Day (NeuroDimension, Inc.)www.tradingsolutions.com
Updata Trader Pro (Updata)www.updatata.com
VectorVest 7 EOD (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
Walter Bressert's ProfitTrader (Walter Bressert, Inc.)www.walterbressert.com
Wealth-Lab (Wealth Lab)www.wealth-lab.com

Standalone Analytical Software, $500 and less

Here, technically based software may be part of a data subscription service, aimed at the introductory level participant, or offer a special product at a good price. Novice technical analysts will most likely take a hard look at these packages first.
Product Name (Company)Website
Advanced Chart Pattern Recognition (TimBukOne)www.timbukone.com
AIQ OptionExpert (AIQ Systems)www.aiqsystems.com
AmiBroker Standard (AmiBroker.com)www.amibroker.com
Chaikin Portfolio Health Check (Chaikin Stock Research, LLC)www.chaikinpowertools.com
Chaikin Power Gauge Reports (Chaikin Stock Research, LLC)www.chaikinpowertools.com
ChartLabPro (ChartLabPro)www.thechartlab.com
ChartSmart (ChartSmart Software Inc.)www.chartsmart.com
Dynamic Investor Pro (Dynamic Investing LLC.)www.dynamicinvestorpro.com
ELWAVE (Prognosis Software Development)www.elwave.com
eSignal (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
Forex Trader 2.0 (Foreign Currency Trading Resource Center)www.forex-trc.com
FT Cloud (Investors FastTrack)www.investorsfasttrack.com
InvestProfits Tools & Research (InvestProfits.com)investprofits.com
JBL Risk Manager (Park Avenue Consulting)www.jblriskmanager.com
MESA9 (MESA Software)www.mesasoftware.com
NinjaTrader (NinjaTrader Group, LLC)www.ninjatrader.com
OmniTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
Pattern Forecaster Plus V 1.0 (Matheny Enterprises)www.ment.com
Pro Analyst (Trendsetter Software)www.trendsoft.com
ProphetCharts (INVESTools, Inc.)www.investools.com
ProTA Gold (BeeSoft)www.beesoft.net
Sierra Chart (Sierra Chart)www.sierrachart.com
TC2000 (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
Track 'n Trade Pro v5.0 (Gecko Software, Inc.)www.geckosoftware.com
TradeNavigator Silver (Genesis Financial Technologies)www.GenesisFT.com/
TradersStudio 2.5 (TradersStudio, Inc.)www.TradersStudio.com
www.GroupPower.com (Bollinger Capital Management, Inc.)www.BollingerBands.com

Software Plug-Ins

If you need a specific function that your technical analysis software doesn't already include, a third-party software developer may fit the bill with a software plug-in. Software plug-ins are programs that extend the capabilities of a technical analysis package by providing specialized functions or features not already included. Listed here is just a sampling of third-party software that complements some of the major technical analysis packages. Use the write-in area to vote for plug-in programs not listed.
Product Name (Company)Website
@RISK (Palisade Corporation)www.palisade.com
Adaptive Cycle Toolkit (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
AlphOmega Elliott Waves for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
AnalyzerXL (AnalyzerXL LLC)www.analyzerxl.com
Applied Reality Trading (ART) (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
Around the Horn (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
ASCTrend Indicator (AbleSys Corporation)www.ablesys.com
Blue Wave Trading Precision Indicators (Blue Wave Trading Research and Development)www.bluewavetrading.com
Bollinger Band System for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Bollinger Band Toolkit for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Chuck Hughes' Prime Trade Select (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Cyclone System (Clayburg.com)www.Clayburg.com
DiNapoli Predictor Pack - ELAs for TradeStation (Coast Investment Software Inc. Joe DiNapoli)www.fibtrader.com
Dr. Elder Trading Room for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Dr. Issy Bacher's Cycle Trend Plus (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Dr. Stoxx's Trend Trading Toolkit (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
ELWAVE Add-On for MetaStock (Prognosis Software Development)www.elwave.com
ETS Trading System (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Floor Traders Tools (ARC System, Inc.)www.trendpro.com
FX Traders Advantage (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Greg Morris' Candlestick Pattern Recognition (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
ICE 2.6 for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Jake Bernstein's Setup & Timing Triggers (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Jan Arps' Traders' Toolbox (Jan Arps' Traders' Toolbox)www.janarps.com
John Murphy's Chart Pattern Recognition (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Jurik Research Software (Jurik Research Software)www.jurikres.com
longtermtrading.com (longtermtrading.com)www.longtermtrading.com
Mark Leibovit's Volume Reversal Toolkit (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Market Cycle Dynamics (MCD) (Market Cycle Dynamics)www.marketcycledynamics.com
Martin Pring's Special K (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
MESA for NeuroShell Trader (MESA Software)www.mesasoftware.com
MESA for TradeStation (MESA Software)www.mesasoftware.com
MetaSwing (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Nison's Candlesticks Unleashed for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Performance System Plus (Trading Systems Analysis Group)www.tsagroup.com
PowerPivots Plus for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
PowerStrike (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Price Headley's Big Trends Toolkit 2.0 (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Rahul Mohindar's Automated Trend Modules (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Red Rock Pattern Strategies (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Starting Point by Joe Krutsinger (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
StatWare (Kase and Company, Inc.)www.kaseco.com
Steve Bigalow's Candle Profit System (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Steve Ruffley's TraderMaker PRO (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Tactical Trader Advanced Trading Strategies (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
Trade Oracle for MetaStock (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
TradeGuider (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
TrendPro (ARC System, Inc.)www.trendpro.com
ValueCharts (Microquant)www.valuecharts.com
VectorVest AutoTester (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
VectorVest Options Analyzer (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
VectorVest ProTrader 7 (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
Walter Bressert's ProfitTrader (Walter Bressert, Inc.)www.walterbressert.com
Winans Preferred Stock Toolbox (MetaStock)www.metastock.com

Artificial Intelligence Software (Expert, Neural)

Artificial intelligence is a systematic approach to trading. An expert system is generally designed by the vendor and provides the trader with signals. A neural network trains itself on the data and creates its own rules. These packages are best suited for traders with an analytical bent.
Product Name (Company)Website
AIQ TradingExpert Pro (AIQ Systems)www.aiqsystems.com
BioComp Dakota (BioComp Systems)www.biocompsystems.com
BrainCel (Jurik Research Software)www.jurikres.com
Gene Hunter (Ward Systems Group, Inc.)www.neuroshell.com
Market Trader (AIR Software)www.alphee.com
NeuralWorks Predict (NeuralWare)www.neuralware.com
NeuroShell Trader Professional (Ward Systems Group, Inc.)www.neuroshell.com
OmniTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
Stock Prophet (Future Wave Software)www.futurewavesoftware.com
StrataSearch (Avarin Systems Inc)www.StrataSearch.com
TradingSolutions End of Day (NeuroDimension, Inc.)www.tradingsolutions.com
VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software (Market Technologies, LLC)www.tradertech.com

Portfolio Management

It's always a good idea to keep track of your portfolio's performance. Some trading software may not include this feature or some of you may find the need for a more sophisticated product. As a result, portfolio management software has sprung up to automate the analysis of return, cash flow, tax impacts, and profit & loss. Products range from spreadsheet add-ons to custom applications that can extract pricing data from files in their native form, hopefully automating portfolio valuation as well as analysis.
Product Name (Company)Website
Captool/net (Captools Co.)www.captools.com
Fund Manager (Beiley Software)www.fundmanagersoftware.com
GainsKeeper.com (Wolters Kluwer Financial Services)www.gainskeeper.com
Investor's Accountant (Hamilton Software, Inc.)www.hamiltonsoftware.com
JBL Risk Manager (Park Avenue Consulting)www.jblriskmanager.com
Market System Analyzer (Adaptrade Software)www.Adaptrade.com
Stator - AFM (Standard) (Anfield Capital Pty Ltd)www.stator-afm.com
THE TRADER'S ASSISTANT (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
TradeLog (TradeLog Software)www.tradelogsoftware.com/
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com

Options Analysis Software

Traders and investors have continued to develop a strong interest in derivative instruments such as options. Success at trading options requires a different set of analytics than does technical analysis. Consequently, software packages have been developed to handle the area of options analysis. Many packages offer both analytics as well as an education in options trading.
Product Name (Company)Website
AIQ OptionExpert (AIQ Systems)www.aiqsystems.com
ICE Options Analytics (ICE Futures)www.theice.com
Interactive Brokers (Interactive Brokers)www.interactivebrokers.com
iVolatility.com (IVolatility.com)iVolatility.com
Neovest (Neovest, Inc.)www.neovest.com
Option Wizard & Backtest Wizard (Option Wizard, Scan Wizard)option-wizard.com
Optionetics Platinum (OPTIONETICS, Inc.)www.optionetics.com
OptionScope (MetaStock)www.metastock.com
OptionsPro (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
OptionStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
OptionVue 7 (OptionVue Systems International Inc.)www.optionvue.com
PowerOptions (PowerOptions)www.poweropt.com
SJ Troo (San Jose Options Mentoring)www.sjoptions.com
TC2000 (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
The Option Strategist (McMillan Analysis Corp.)www.optionstrategist.com
TheOptionsLab.com (The Options Lab, LLC.)www.TheOptionsLab.com
thinkorswim (thinkorswim, Inc.)www.thinkorswim.com

Futures Trading Systems

Software in this category is aimed at providing you with a more systematic approach to the futures markets. Some packages are a trading system, while others also include analytical capabilities.
Product Name (Company)Website
Aberration (TradeSystem, Inc.)www.keithstrading.com
AbleTrend (AbleSys Corporation)www.ablesys.com
Algo Trading Signals (Algo Trading Signals)www.algotradingsignals.com
Alpha Trading System (Oxford Capital Strategies Ltd)www.oxfordstrat.com
Andromeda Trading System (Petros Development Corp.)www.andromedafutures.com
Anticipation (Advanced Systems Inc.)www.Advancedsystemsinc.com
Applied Reality Trading (ART) (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
Atlas-35 RT (Advanced Trading Systems Inc.)www.trading-systems.info
ATS-3200 (Advanced Trading Systems Inc.)www.trading-systems.info
ATS-6400 (Advanced Trading Systems Inc.)www.trading-systems.info
Blue Wave Trading Precision Indicators (Blue Wave Trading Research and Development)www.bluewavetrading.com
Cyclone System (Clayburg.com)www.Clayburg.com
eSignal, Advanced GET Edition (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
Greg Morris' Indicators & Trading Systems CD (Wall Street Software)www.wallstreetsoftware.com
Hurst Signals (Sentient Trader)www.sentienttrader.com
MESA9 (MESA Software)www.mesasoftware.com
MTPredictor (MTPredictor Ltd.)www.mtpredictor.com
NET TradeStation Indicators (New Era Trader)www.NewEraTrader.com
OmniTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
R-MESA (MESA Software)www.mesasoftware.com
Relativity Trading System (DH Trading Systems, Inc.)www.traderstech.net
Robust Short-Term Patterns (Oxford Capital Strategies Ltd)www.oxfordstrat.com
Striker Securities trading systems (Striker Securities)striker.com
TheWizard (TheWizard.com, LLC)www.thewizard.com
Thinking Man's Trader (Creative Breakthrough, Inc)www.traderassist.com
Track 'n Trade Pro v5.0 (Gecko Software, Inc.)www.geckosoftware.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
VantagePoint Intermarket Analysis Software (Market Technologies, LLC)www.tradertech.com
Volume Spread Analysis (TradeGuider)www.tradeguider.com
Williams Edge (PageTrader)www.pagetrader.com

Options Trading Systems

While many traders may track the underlying security to generate signals for options, there are packages that generate signals based on the options activity itself.
Product Name (Company)Website
AbleTrend (AbleSys Corporation)www.ablesys.com
Applied Reality Trading (ART) (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
Consistent Options Income (Consistent Options Income)www.ConsistentOptionsIncome.com
eSignal, Advanced GET Edition (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
Market Trader (AIR Software)www.alphee.com
OEXOptions.com (OEXOptions.com)www.oexoptions.com
OPTIONETICS (OPTIONETICS, Inc.)www.optionetics.com
OptionsPro (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
The Right Time (T.B.S.P. Inc.)www.TBSP.com
thinkorswim (thinkorswim, Inc.)www.thinkorswim.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com

Stock Trading Systems

A disciplined approach is important for trading stocks. There are as many ways to trade stocks as there are traders. Software in this category is aimed at providing you with a more systematic approach to the stock markets.
Product Name (Company)Website
AbleTrend (AbleSys Corporation)www.ablesys.com
AIQ TradingExpert Pro (AIQ Systems)www.aiqsystems.com
Alpha Trading System (Oxford Capital Strategies Ltd)www.oxfordstrat.com
Applied Reality Trading (ART) (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
Blue Wave Trading Precision Indicators (Blue Wave Trading Research and Development)www.bluewavetrading.com
Chaikin Power Tools (Chaikin Stock Research, LLC)www.chaikinpowertools.com
eSignal, Advanced GET Edition (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
GorillaTrades (GorillaTrades, Inc.)www.GorillaTrades.com
Greg Morris' Indicators & Trading Systems CD (Wall Street Software)www.wallstreetsoftware.com
Market Trader (AIR Software)www.alphee.com
OmniTrader (Nirvana Systems, Inc.)omnitrader.com
Peerless Stock Market Timing/Tiger Power Rankeer (Tiger Software)www.tigersoft.com
Personal Hotline (Trendsetter Software)www.trendsoft.com
Robo-Forecaster (StockSpotter.com)www.stockspotter.com
Robust Short-Term Patterns (Oxford Capital Strategies Ltd)www.oxfordstrat.com
TheWizard (TheWizard.com, LLC)www.thewizard.com
TradeStation (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
VectorVest 7 RealTime/IntraDay (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
Wizetrade (GlobalTec Solutions, LLP)www.globaltecsolutions.com

Trading Centers, Schools, Training

When you're just starting out in trading or trying to take your trading to the next level, some professional training helps, whether it's the support provided by a daytrading center, courses, or tutoring.
Product Name (Company)Website
Bright Trading (Bright Trading, LLC)www.stocktrading.com
dtitrader.com (DayTrading Institute)www.dtitrader.com
eSignal Learning (eSignal, an Interactive Data company)www.esignal.com
Executive Premier Workshop (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com
ForexTips.com (Market Traders Institute, NA)forextips.com
FREE Worden Training (Worden Brothers, Inc.)www.TC2000.com
INVESTools (INVESTools, Inc.)www.investools.com
LearnMetastock.com (Breakaway Training Solutions, Inc.)www.learnmetastock.com
MarketClub (INO.com)www.ino.com
MTA.org (Market Technicians Association)www.mta.org
OIC Seminars (Options Industry Council)www.888options.com
OPTIONETICS (OPTIONETICS, Inc.)www.optionetics.com
OptionsANIMAL (OptionsANIMAL)www.optionsanimal.com
Peak Performance Trading Course (Van Tharp Institute)www.iitm.com
Profitunity Home Study Course-Stocks & Commodities (Profitunity Trading Group)www.Profitunity.com
PureTick.com (PureTick)www.puretick.com
The Chicago Board Options Exchange (The Chicago Board Options Exchange)www.cboe.com
The Oxford Princeton Programme (The Oxford Princeton Programme)www.oxfordprinceton.com
TopDogTrading.com (Top Dog Trading)www.topdogtrading.com
Traders Expo (MoneyShow.com)www.moneyshow.com
TradersCoach.com (TradersCoach.com)www.TradersCoach.com
TradeStation Training (TradeStation)www.TradeStation.com
Trading & Investing Courses (TechniTrader)technitrader.com
Trading Advantage (Trading Advantage)www.tradingadvantage.com
Trading Concepts Interactive Course & Training (Trading Concepts, Inc.)www.TradingConceptsInc.com
Trading on Target Home Study Course (Adrienne Toghraie: Trading on Target)www.tradingontarget.com
Trading the Pristine Method; Pristine Trading Labs (Pristine.com)www.pristine.com
TradingAcademy.com (Online Trading Academy)www.tradingacademy.com
TradingMarkets.com (TradingMarkets.com)www.tradingmarkets.com/
VectorVest Educational Services (VectorVest, Inc.)www.vectorvest.com

Technical Analysis Websites

Some websites provide a wealth of technical information, indicators, charts, sentiment, and opinion. Of those with a technical focus, pick your favorites.
Product Name (Company)Website
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Favorite Article In S&C

Choose your favorite articles published in Technical Analysis of STOCKS & COMMODITIES magazine this year.
Article Title/Author(s) (Issue)
Be Your Own Hedge Fund/John F. Ehlers and Ric Way (January 2017)
ETF Sector Investing/Leslie N. Masonson (January 2017)
Earnings - Will Performance 'Trump' Fundamentals?/Bani Arora (January 2017)
How Feelings Influence Your Trading/Claudio Demb (January 2017)
Ichimoku Charts/Rudy Teseo (January 2017)
Interview: The Brains Behind A Trading System: Denis Globa/Jayanthi Gopalak (January 2017)
Mean-Reversion Daytrading/Ken Calhoun (January 2017)
The Anatomy Of A Brexit Appointment/Eva J. Tompkins and Jody Wong (January 2017)
Use Seasonality To Optimize Algorithmic Strategies/Karl Montevirgen (January 2017)
Website review: Barchart.com/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (January 2017)
What Now For Banks?/Koos van der Merwe (January 2017)
A Road Trip With Options Supertraders/John A. Sarkett (February 2017)
Beyond The Hull With Leavitt Projections/Jay A. Leavitt, PhD (February 2017)
Exponential Standard Deviation Bands/Vitali Apirine (February 2017)
Gold - Is it All Glitter?/Bruce Ross (February 2017)
Interview: Ed Dobson On Transitioning To Independent Trader/Jayanthi Gopala (February 2017)
Product review: NinjaTrader 8 Part1/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (February 2017)
Seasonal Play In Crude Brings Cheer/James Cordier and Michael Gross (February 2017)
Using Correlation To Trade The S&P 500/Cassandra Wang (February 2017)
Volume-Weighted Moving Average Breakouts/Ken Calhoun (February 2017)
About Those Binary Options/Gail Mercer (March 2017)
Buy & Sell Pressure And A Faster RSI/Tushar S. Chande, Ph.D. (March 2017)
Golden Cross Breakouts/Ken Calhoun (March 2017)
Interview: Gavin McMaster: Living Life As An Options Trader/Jayanthi Gopala (March 2017)
Product review: NinjaTrader 8 Part 2/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (March 2017)
S&P Fuel Gauge: An Introduction/Chris Evans (March 2017)
Successful Trader Must-Haves/Claudio Demb (March 2017)
The Grand Illusion/Tim W. Wood, CPA (March 2017)
The Reality Of REITs/Leslie N. Masonson (March 2017)
This Butterfly Wears Kevlar/John A. Sarkett (March 2017)
VIX Or Historical Volatility?/Perry J. Kaufman (March 2017)
Ascending Triangle Breakouts/Ken Calhoun (April 2017)
Building Self-Confidence/Stella Osoba, CMT (April 2017)
Discounting Sentiment In The Euro/Philipe Saroyan (April 2017)
Exploiting Guts, Risk, And Decay/Karl Montevirgen (April 2017)
Game Theory/John Devcic (April 2017)
Interview: Justin Bennett's Trading Path/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (April 2017)
Playing With Numbers/Domenico D'Errico (April 2017)
Recognizing Price Action/Matt Blackman (April 2017)
Taming The New Zealand Dollar/Azeez Mustapha (April 2017)
The Edge In Chart Patterns, Part 1/Giorgos E. Siligardos, Ph.D. (April 2017)
Consolidation Channel Breakouts/Ken Calhoun (May 2017)
Detecting Swings/Domenico D'Errico (May 2017)
ETF Momentum Investing/Leslie N. Masonson (May 2017)
Interview: Deron Wagner and Rick Pedicelli On Swing Trading/Jayanthi Gopala (May 2017)
Market Maker Activity And Price Movement/Samuel Ding (May 2017)
Moving Average Stochastic/Vitali Apirine (May 2017)
Quick-scan: TC2000 Version 17/James E. Rich (May 2017)
Reflecting On Price Mirrors/Thomas Bulkowski (May 2017)
The Alter Ego Of Swing Trading/Martha Stokes, CMT (May 2017)
The Edge In Chart Patterns, Part 2/Giorgos E. Siligardos, Ph.D. (May 2017)
The Pernicious Effect Of The Loss Of Opportunity/Claudio Demb (May 2017)
Be Aware Of Pin Risk/Roger Barone (June 2017)
Daytrading Gaps & Cups/Ken Calhoun (June 2017)
Daytrading With Night Volume/Domenico D'Errico (June 2017)
Friday Market Tamer/Azeez Mustapha (June 2017)
Gail Dudack: The Technician's Technician/Stella Osoba, CMT (June 2017)
Gain Probability Index/Mike B. Siroky (June 2017)
Interview: Trade Like A Warrior With Ross Cameron/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (June 2017)
Quick-Scan: ETFScreen.com/Leslie N. Masonson (June 2017)
That Dodd-Frank Act/Koos van der Merwe (June 2017)
Build Your Own Technical Rating/Domenico D'Errico (July 2017)
Interview: Bart DiLiddo Of VectorVest/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (July 2017)
Puppies Of The Dow/John Devcic (July 2017)
Straddles In FX/Solomon Chuama (July 2017)
Swing Trading Bull Flags & Pennants/Ken Calhoun (July 2017)
The Return Of High Momentum/Perry J. Kaufman (July 2017)
Theme-Based Investing/Leslie N. Masonson (July 2017)
Trading The Nikkei/Markos Katsanos (July 2017)
Trendline Algorithm/Dirk Vandycke (July 2017)
All About The Float/John Devcic (August 2017)
An Early Warning System, Part 1/Michael Slattery (August 2017)
Avoiding False Breakouts: "No 9/Ken Calhoun (August 2017)
Interview: Risk Management With David Stendahl/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (August 2017)
Riding The Waves With The Leavitt Convolution/Jay A. Leavitt, PhD (August 2017)
Seasonality Pivot Points/Karl Montevirgen (August 2017)
System Development Using Artificial Intelligence/Domenico D'Errico & Giovan (August 2017)
Unrealistic Expectations/Claudio Demb (August 2017)
Volatility Oscillator/Vitali Apirine (August 2017)
All-Inclusive ETF Websites/Leslie N. Masonson (September 2017)
An Early Warning System, Part 2/Michael Slattery (September 2017)
Daytrading Within Whole Numbers/Ken Calhoun (September 2017)
Focal Points/Dirk Vandycke (September 2017)
Gann And Gann Analysis/Mark Putrino, CMT (September 2017)
Interview: An Insight Into Cycles With Ed Easterling/Jayanthi Gopalakrishna (September 2017)
Optimization - Getting It Right/Perry J. Kaufman (September 2017)
Profiting From Monthly Trading Cycles/Domenico D'Errico (September 2017)
The Reverse EMA Indicator/John F. Ehlers (September 2017)
Why Most Traders Fail (And Why You Won't)/Stephen Burnich (September 2017)
A Candlestick Strategy With Soldiers And Crows/Jerry D'Ambrosio and Barbara (October 2017)
An Early Warning System, Part 3/Michael Slattery (October 2017)
Fear, Not Greed, Is Your Friend/Chris Evans (October 2017)
Googling Tomorrow's Close/Cari Bourette (October 2017)
Interview: A Unique Perspective From Jonathan Rose Of ActiveDayTrader.com/J (October 2017)
Price Action Analysis Using Candlesticks/Solomon Chuama (October 2017)
Price Squares & Time-Price Charts/Mak Sangha (October 2017)
Swing Trading Four-Day Breakouts/Ken Calhoun (October 2017)
Wrapping Your Brain Around Weekly Options/Koos van der Merwe (October 2017)
10 Reasons Traders Lose And What To Do About It/Solomon Chuama (November 2017)
Comparing ETF Sector Families/Leslie N. Masonson (November 2017)
Elliott Waves: How High Is High? Part 1/Mircea Dologa, MD (November 2017)
Estimating The Fractal Dimension Of Stock Prices/Mike B. Siroky (November 2017)
Interview: All About Trading Commodities With Carley Garner/Jayanthi Gopala (November 2017)
Life Cycle Model Of Crowd Behavior/Henry O. Pruden, Ph.D. (November 2017)
Swing Trading 100SMA Pivots/Ken Calhoun (November 2017)
Trading The Tech Emini With The Leavitt Convolution/Jay A. Leavitt, PhD (November 2017)
Elliott Waves: How High Is High? Part 2/Mircea Dologa, MD (December 2017)
Finally! A Buy & Hold Sell Signal/Thomas Bulkowski (December 2017)
Hanging Out With The Junkies/Hector Landazabal (December 2017)
Interview: Jeremy Du Plessis/Jayanthi Gopalakrishnan (December 2017)
Price Projection Swing Trades/Ken Calhoun (December 2017)
Quick-Scan: Ichimoku Master/Barbara Star, Ph.D. (December 2017)
Supply & Demand Trading/Reza Javaheri (December 2017)
The Trading Resolution/Santhosh Kumar V. (December 2017)
Weekly & Daily MACD/Vitali Apirine (December 2017)
2017 Readers' Choice Awards/Technical Analysis, Inc. (Bonus 2017)
An FX Strategy For Catching Falling Knives/Azeez Mustapha (Bonus 2017)
Harmony And PATH/Patrick Hughes (Bonus 2017)
Interview: Mastering Chart Analysis With Greg Schnell/Jayanthi Gopalakrishn (Bonus 2017)
Measuring Stock Performance Against The Market/Gideon Vigderhous, PhD (Bonus 2017)
Trading Elliott Waves Using A Top-Down Approach/Mircea Dologa, MD (Bonus 2017)
Trading The Open/Adam Ryan (Bonus 2017)

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