by John Sweeney, Technical Editor
PO Box 6481
Santa Ana, CA 92706
Phone: 714 547-5005,800 825-1852
Product: Technical analysis and trading system
Equipment requirements: Apple Macintosh with 1.6 MB free RAM. System 6.0 or later; 1200 baud
modem or faster.
Price: $595; additional $295 for upgrade to Professional Analyst.
Personal Hotline brings to the Apple Macintosh environment much of the convenience in charting, data
download, analysis and trading that is common in DOS products. To boot, it throws in a proprietary
trading model with an excellent track record and, for an additional sum, you can upgrade to Professional
Analyst and make the whole thing real-time.
Version 6.6 is an integration as well as an upgrade. Data download, by all accounts (we interviewed five
users) a smooth operation, is done within the program via Dial/Data, which also has a super, flat-rate deal
for the past two years ' daily data. Personal Hotline automatically scans your files to determine what's
missing and orders just what you need. There's even an automated timing facility to handle the job while
There are other features new to this version. Mutual fund dividends are now available; a small portfolio
management function has been built in; tradables can be ranked and sorted by their statistical rankings;
on-balance volume is now included; and Gann, Fibonacci, pitchfork and speed resistance lines can all be
generated from a point you select.