Product Review: Trendseeker
When you sign on to Trendseeker, the very first thing you see is this question: "What is the statistical relationship of the index of 500 stock prices, Treasury bond yield, civilian unemployment rate and the gross domestic product over 1960 to 1994?" If you're responsive, you click "Run," and five minutes later, an answer pops up.
That's about as difficult as it gets using Trendseeker. You can ask this straightforward question about any four of the econometric data series compiled by the US Department of Commerce in its Business Conditions Digest . The only elaboration is that you can also select the beginning and ending years for the analysis. Selecting the data is done from a one-way scrollable window, so that's not complicated, and the complete list of data series available in Trendseeker, 270 datasets in all, appears in the back of the manual. The preformatted datasets include Treasury bond yields, stock indices, interest rates and economic data. You don't have access to the actual numbers, but the typical Trendseeker user probably won't require them.