by John Sweeney
Commodity Systems, Inc.
200 W. Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, FL 33432
Service: QuickTrieve and QuickManager are data download and management programs. QuickPlot
and QuickStudy are plotting and analytical software.
Price: QuickTrieve/QuickManager: $39 initiation fee. QuickPlot/QuickStudy with
QuickTrieve/QuickManager: $195 initiation fee. Add data costs, since this software will not work
unless you are downloading CSI data. Demo disk available for $5, applicable to purchase.
QuickTrieve has been the one constant through my trading years: turn on the machine, have it call
Boca Raton (via a local network node), get the data, plot bonds and currencies, and sweat out the latest
trade. Since I seem to be reviewing the oldies-but-goodies these days, CSI, a product I grew up with in
futures trading, fits right in.
Through it all has been one constant: the CSI people have always provided the most bug-proof,
idiot-resistant software, telecommunications and data available. Everyone makes mistakes, but these guys
always found them before I did and fixed them as permanently as possible.
When I started out, that was quite a challenge. Networks were imbecilic to deal with, data from the
exchanges changed quite a bit with lots of late corrections, and Boca Raton was subject to everything
from hurricanes to electrical storms. CSI set out to service people all over the world and succeeded before
the large companies—Reuters, Telerate and the others—even figured out what the game was. Of course,
once the biggies figured it out, their vast resources made competition tougher for the CSIs of the world,
and now things are even tougher with the advent of Cheap satellite/FM data feeds.