Magazine article Modern Trader

CQG for Windows

Magazine article Modern Trader

CQG for Windows

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Phone: (970) 945-8686

Price: About $700-$1000/month for real-time system, historical data, news and exchange fees. Call CQG for pricing on additional systems and CQGLAN (networked version).

Chart options: Bar, candlestick, constant volume bar, line, Market Profile, nogap, percent bar, point and figure, tick chart and yield; intraday, daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual time frames.

Indicators: More than 100 technical studies and charting tools, including custom studies by Tom DeMark, Bill Williams and Cynthia Kase.

Ability to create custom indicators? Yes.

Real-time or end-of-day? Real-time and delayed; historical data is available.

Options analysis? Yes.

System testing capabilities? No.

Data management: CQG offers a complete "turnkey" setup and CQG's real-time data are part of the package. Up to 89 years of historical data are available. CQG makes data corrections in real-time and manages the chart database.

Operation: CQG's interface is streamlined and program operation is straightforward and intuitive; most traders should be able to navigate the software's basic features without having to refer much to the manual or the help system. One nice touch: Instead of indecipherable icons, CQG's toolbar buttons are identified by real words (that is, "chart" on the button that creates a chart) or relatively common-sense acronyms.

Program features like chart screens and quote windows integrate nicely. Pages can be set up to contain any combination of quotes, charts and news data. CQG employs point-and-click functionality whenever possible, even allowing you to compress, expand or re-scale prices simply by dragging your cursor horizontally or vertically across the screen. You can click on any chart element with your right mouse button and modify it or delete it; ditto for adding technical studies. Switching between chart styles and individual contracts is quick and painless. …

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