by CI Staff
QuoteTracker is a comprehensive portfolio and individual investment tracking, charting, research, and analysis program that runs on Windows. The program does not provide data, but instead allows users to access a variety of data sources, like their brokers. Users can then organize this information as they see fit, such as by creating a layout of numerous charts, searching for news, monitoring indexes, etc.
QuoteTracker can handle live intraday charts with technical indicators of stocks, derivatives, ETFs, bonds, forex, and more. The program even has built in API (Application Programming Interface) servers that allow external programs to work with QuoteTracker, which is why readers may recall seeing QuoteTracker mentioned in reviews of other programs.
Since Computerized Investing last reviewed QuoteTracker, there have been some changes to the program worth mentioning. The main changes have been bug fixes. Early users of QuoteTracker may have experienced quite a few problems with the program, ranging from not being able to edit screens to improper portfolio syncing. Version 3.9.8 fixes these problems. New additions to the program include enhanced technical indicators, options support for certain brokers and exporting features, among other changes.
A large change, in particular, concerns the free limited-feature version of QuoteTracker. As when the program was first reviewed, this version contains ads and has limited charting time frames. However, it is now much more difficult to get the data required. The program now requires registration to connect with a brokerage account and to use the broker’s data feed. Moreover, there aren't any truly free and decent data sources available through the program. Since QuoteTracker is a TD Ameritrade affiliated product, it is free for and works best with funded ($2,000+) TD Ameritrade accounts. Non-TD Ameritrade users must pay to register the product.
Though it is now more difficult to try QuoteTracker, and the program is slightly more expensive, it is still a decent service for day traders who would rather not spend a lot on overhead. However, interested users should first contact their brokers and ask if they offer similar services for free. For instance, Scottrade users may find that Scottrader Streaming Quotes is a free and adequate, if not better, alternative.
TD Ameritrade IP Company and T2 API Technologies
System Requirements: Windows OS and Internet Access
Size: 500MB RAM
Price: $14 per month, $70 for six months, $120 for one year; free for funded TD Ameritrade account holders; free limited-feature version with ads available