by John Sweeney
My first glance at TopVest wasn't reassuring. The jagged-lettered logo be spoke Dos, and the garish
red-white-yellow blue color scheme wasn't exactly high style. Fortunately, most of my misgivings were
wrong. TopYest, though thoroughly dependent on Dos, turned out to be an easy study and capable of
major analytical feats I'd been dreaming about recently.
Whether it's old age or boredom, I'd been wanting to enhance my analysis with fundamental input as well
as technical. Looking at the capabilities of products and analysts' published research of this nature made
me want a convenient package to bring the two worlds together. TopVest is not quite that dream package,
but it's clearly along the same thoughts. It's an industrial-strength Telescan for commercial applications.
In size, speed, capability and, yes, price, it is simply huge.
It would be nice in the modern world to have integrated access to worldwide pricing of major markets
(equity, debt, commodities, currencies), and fundamentals of each (company data, economic data) using
modern interactive graphic displays of the data. Savant makes a serious stab at this for publicly held US
companies. It can supply most fundamental data on more than 10,000 US symbols, and its associated
vendors can supply the pricing data for technical analysis.
Once all the numbers are on hand, Top Vest will scan the data for anomalies (splits, gaps, unreasonable
values) and notify you of anything needing validation. Top Vest deserves great credit for the successful
execution of this refresh feature.