by John Sweeney
Want to trade the world's active futures on a volatility-adjusted, breakout basis? Futures Pro 2.0,
Essex Trading Co.'s latest incarnation of its long-developed futures software, lets you trade your choice
of over 50 US and international contracts with a sophisticated Windows-based support package with
nearly all the bells and whistles that systems traders want.
Not only do you get a built-in, specified trading system (which is why you bought the package), but you
also get contract history back to inception or 1977, whichever is earlier. This allows you to backtest,
graph and run indicators from the futures equivalent of the dawn of time. You may put in new numbers
manually or extract data from Signal, CSI, MetaStock, CompuTrac, Technical Tools or ASCII files.
Moreover, the 11 different parameters affecting trading decisions are optimizable for those of that
persuasion, and you can also trade whole portfolios, analyzing their performance graphically with an
equity curve display.