by John Sweeney
Inmark Development Corporation
139 Fulton St., Suite 810
New York, NY 10038
Product: Analytical package for stocks, futures
Equipment: IBM PC/XT/AT or 100% compatible; 512K RAM, 2 floppies or floppy with hard drive;
CGA, EGA, Hercules and other graphics; Epson MX/FX/LX or Okidata w/plus and play ROMs;
Hayes Smartmodem 300/ 1200 or equivalent, and DOS 2.0
Level of Analysis: Intermediate
Ease of Use: A
Error Handling: A
Customer Service: B+
Bringing out another analytical package takes courage these days. How many are there? A bunch,
right? How can you tell the difference between them all? Do any of them do anything swell for your
profits? Besides which, they all usually cost a fortune, right?
Relax! Herein, we'll use Market Maker, a new package from Inmark Development to try to make sense of
the tradeoffs in this genre. Market Maker is a good vehicle for this because it deals well with all the
problems you find in this level of work (see Figure 1), and it is positioned squarely in what I call the
"intermediate" range of current technical analysis. That is, it presents canned studies for use on your data
but has limited or no abilities for generating unique, personal indicators, doing optimization, evaluating
trading strategies or doing independent statistical analysis.
Before I launch into this, let me say that we don't present every package we receive. We try to take the
few that appear competitive with the best on the market (Figure 2). Market Maker easily got on my list
because it is extremely fast and easy to set up and use.