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Optimal Data/Charting/Execution Package

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Glendale, WI
Posts: 20 since Oct 2011

Optimal Data/Charting/Execution Package

What can people recommend that has decent charting functions, low lag, accurate ticks (heard IB is inaccurate??), as well as good chart trading/DOM/API/script lang/playback.

Ideally all of this would be relatively inexpensive.

I know this has been asked before and right now from the other threads I'm looking at IQ Feed/Sierra/IB but Sierra has a very poor DOM and some problems with charting (eg: lines disappearing when clicked).

I heard NT has some stability/general bug problems.

Did a trial of Esignal and it was... surprisingly ok for the most part. The DOM seemed squishy though and I don't know about speed/reliability. The company that makes it is owned by a hedge fund which has some obvious conflict of interest issues.

Edit: Also IB time and sales are messed up...

Last edited by telco; October 12th, 2011 at 02:18 PM.
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You might want to check Sierra again.

Sierra has just gone thru the process of upgrading all of their drawings, and it is pretty nice IMO. There have been a few bugs in the first couple of releases, but considering how much they have changed and how quickly they fix things, its a no brainer if you do a lot of drawing.

Also, their DOM rocks. Have you looked at their ChartDOM and TradeDOM? I know this is another area they have been working on.

As far as API/scripting goes, it is C++. Not easy language, but certainly no harder than NT C#.

Granted, SC is not well understood by all, and for a beginner that can not sustain themselves by reading the help text it can be an uphill climb, but in the end the effort is well worth it.

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The cheapest solution (of decent quality) would be Sierra Charts with IQFeed...

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Sierra Chart/CTS (clean (accurate data), fast, stable, and cheap).

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