You can try Investor/RT free of charge for as long as you like. You
and install a fully functional version of Investor/RT, and experiment with
any features of interest, for as long as you wish, free of charge. The installation will come preloaded with a few years of daily
data on the Dow 30 stocks, as well as a simulated demonstration ticker,
$DEMO, that generates it's own daily and intraday data, both historically
and realtime. The demo supports up-to-date daily, weekly, and monthly
charting and analysis on any of the 30 Dow stocks. Historical and
fundamental data (as well as current quotes) are available to be downloaded
on demand from Yahoo! Finance.
For more information on the free data that is available from Yahoo! Finance,
Intraday data is only available for the $DEMO ticker in the demonstration
and install Investor/RT. When you run Investor/RT for the first time,
you will be presented with a window that asks you to choose a data service.
Click the "Demo" button on this window and Investor/RT will be launched in
"demo" mode. While in demo mode, you have access to the full array of
features and the simulated demonstration ticker, $DEMO.
You will find additional information on $DEMO below. A demo tutorial
will also appear the first time you start the demo version.
While this version allow you to experiment with the broad array of
Investor/RT features, via the use of the simulated $DEMO ticker and daily
data on the Dow 30, you will
only be able to download, import, and monitor actual securities (other than
the Dow 30), either on a
realtime or end-of-day basis, by registering the software. On the
online order page, you can access
information about pricing and data feed
Please visit our
Support Resources to access a
variety of options for obtaining answers to any questions you may have
Simulated Data Generator /
Investor/RT provides a test data generator via the special ticker symbol
$DEMO. $DEMO can be setup as a stock, future, index, or option, and can be
assigned to whatever trading session you like. During the trading hours of
its associated session, $DEMO trades once per second with random incremental
price moves. When $DEMO is present in a chart, clicking the download
(refresh) button in lower right corner of the chart window generates new
random data for the visible viewing period. If you have automatic
downloading turned on $DEMO will generate new data as needed to fill the
chart window. Similarly, requesting daily, weekly, monthly or intra-day
downloads of any minute interval using the Download Data window creates
random sample data for the requested download period. You can use $DEMO
anywhere you can use any other real ticker symbol, e.g. in charts (all
types), quote pages, time and sales windows, quick quote windows, ticker
tapes, portfolios, backtesting, etc. Non intra-day sample data is always
generated as daily bars so that daily, weekly, and monthly charts will all
reflect the same data. Similarly, downloading one minute bars will cause all
minute interval charts to reflect the same data regardless of interval.
This feature operates in all versions of Investor/RT including the
demonstration version and does not require an internet connection or an
active data feed. Real-time ticks of $DEMO will be generated once a second.
Your can turn off $DEMO intra-day ticks processing by either deleting the
symbol or by setting its security type to Unknown, by reassigning the $DEMO
instrument to a session that is closed. When the $DEMO security type is set
to unknown, no live ticks will be generated but charting functions and data
creation via the download button will still be effective. Charts will not
update live unless the security type of $DEMO is set to stock, future,
option, index, future option, etc.
By default the initial price of $DEMO is 100. If you adjust the trading
price in a quote page, the simulated trades will pick up from there. If you
reset the last price of $DEMO to zero in a quote page, the next tick starts
off at 100 with $DEMO reset to security type stock. Downloading intra-day
data causes all tick data to be discarded and fresh sample data to be
generated using 100 as the starting price.
An effort has been made to make the tick flow realistic. Randomly,
two-thirds of all trades will be unchanged ticks, 1/6 up-ticks and 1/6
down-ticks. As we receive feedback from Investor/RT users regarding this
feature we expect a user preferences window for $DEMO to be added in the
future so that, for example, you could simulate up trending markets, down
trending, etc. When $DEMO is setup as a stock, random trading volume is
assigned to each tick, bid, ask, and bid and ask sizes are also simulated.
There are numerous uses for this new facility.
- Generating long term sample data for testing trading systems
- A tool for experimentation with studies, drawing tools, trading
- New or prospective users of Investor/RT can learn to use the software
using $DEMO any time of day for demonstration or educational purposes.
- A testing tool for literally any facet of Investor/RT that uses
historical data of any periodicity.