Favorite Futures: Stock, Options and now Futures (ES)
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I emailed TS last year, last Feb. I did so through their website... I started getting emails with offers, that just kept getting better as I inquired further. Life got busy for me, work, two little girls (1 & 3), I don't remember exactly, but I forgot about the offer until last week. I emailed back, asking it still stands, and she said sure. Wow. I confirmed, the platform for free, no min activity requirements, free data and that it's real-time. She said yup. TS will even reimburse the wire charge too so I could get funds in the account ASAP. I then asked if the same offer applies if I were to set-up a futures and forex account. Yup. So, I did that too...
One of my buddies trades the ES and other futures on TS, and he pays for data. I think this is just a special offer to lure-in new clients. You won't find the offer posted on the website, so I was told...
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I am thinking of moving to TradeStation, so I just sent email to contact that I was working on with regard to free data. I am getting from Fidelity, Schwab, and TD Ameritrade. So from TS perspective, I am a newbie.
With regard to portfolio maestro, I have a question. With regard to ranking Portfolio Maestro only seems to have only fixed ranking mechanisms, like percent change over a specific loop back period, it looks like. For example, if I want to rank performance based on 6 months but not including recent month that may be hard to do?? In Amibroker, there is a concept of position-score which one can via AFL scripting can setup to whatever, and the rotational trading and corresponding back-testing can be done. In TS there seem to be XLS import of ranks possible, but what was I wondering about the format. If I need to back-test for 5 years or so, how can one can setup that Excel spreadsheet? Also, can there be multiple strategies in a Strategy group, one feeding the other, i.e., one creating a ranks file that is used by another strategy?
They are not affiliated in any way. As far as I know the rumors about some of their guys being former TS programmers are also not true.
In my opinion MC looked at the handling and feel of TS and implemented what they liked into their platform and at the same time closed all the issues that TS had before they introduced OOEL. On top of that you have features build in today that TS doesn't have - like the delta, volume profiling and flexibility of choice when it comes to brokers and datafeeds for example.
Also don't forget that the MC guys offered tools for Tradestation long before MC was on the market.
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