Software Reviews

by Tim

Sun 06th Jan '13

CQG is a high-performing chioce to combine global market data, analytics, and advanced electronic trading in one integrated installation. The market data covers futures, options, fixed income, foreign exchange, equities, news, OTC, proprietary data, indices, and reports from around the world.

CQG pros:
- It offers an industrial strength charting package, with highly resilient backup in the shape of a global server network that is designed for an institutional customer base (although the basic reliability does not quite extend to all the add-ons - see below).
- You can add as many technical indicators as you could shake a stick at, if you are prepared to pay extra, and the basic indicator set is not at all bad.
- As an add-on, there is a very well written tool kit for creating and testing trading systems, with pretty good stats and graphics on system performance.

CQG cons:
- It is pricey, and the additional features, such as Market Profile or the system toolkit, just add to the expense;
- If you write a system, you then find that the way CQG implements signals (and alarms etc) is that they come in 2 bars late, but the trading account of the system is written in such a way as to suppose that you got the signal at the beginning of the previous bar - so the system gets the credit for a trade that you couldn't possible have executed. In practice, I fixed this by coding my systems to issue the signals on time, while keeping a ridiculously overstated trading account, and running a second copy that was coded to show the trades taking place at the correct time and with the correct financial result (although the system would not in fact have issued the signals on time);
- I experinced a few problems with the alerts, which would quite often appear out of the blue, most were telling me that I should have executed the trade 20 minutes before the moment that the alarm went off;
- For these reasons, it would not have been appropriate to try to use models resident in CQG to run trades automatically (eg through a broker's API). Some of this was very irritating, given the price. The quality of the charting tools and reliability of the datafeeds are top notch. The add-ons are not.





This is definitely not designed for the typical retail trader. Together with X-trader CQG is a top quality system. It's just so bloody expensive. Their data comes from an amazing-quality source. Other data providers use CQG to monitor their feeds, and there's a good reason - They are very good.




Does anyone here use CQG as their primary charting software? I am about to switch to it in the office. I hear it is heavily used commercially, but I can't find much of a community for their APIs, custom indicators, etc. We are switching over from eSignal. CQG has the data quality and reliability required.

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