Insider TA™ Pro reads directly from CSI's
Stocks, Mutual Funds, and Indices database without the
need for any exporting to another format (ASCII, for
instance). Directions are outlined on this page.
On the other hand, to load CSI's Futures
data into Insider TA, you will utilize the
Unfair Advantage® output utilities to convert
the data to either ASCII or Metastock format.
Refer to UA's program help in the Contents tab where you'll
see a section titled "Third-Party Software",
or follow our instructions for
exporting to either of these formats.
Access to the Commodity Systems, Inc. (CSI) database
which is the foundation for the Unfair Advantage® (UA) program, is
an Insider TA™ Professional feature.
There are two ways to load CSI stock, mutual fund, or index
data (futures data does not apply -- read box inset):
- To load a known Stock, Mutual
Fund, or Index symbol, press Ctrl- U on your keyboard
(think "U" for Unfair Advantage). A window will pop-up for
entering the desired symbol. Be sure no other Insider TA windows
are currently active, otherwise pressing Ctrl-U will not work. You
must be at Insider TA's "base window" in order for the Ctrl-U key
press to function.
- CSI symbols by exchange are automatically prepared
by Insider TA and listed in the File
CSI Symbol Index Table:
In order to display CSI symbols by various exchanges in the File
Entry Panel, Insider TA maintains a CSI Symbol Index table.
The table does not store stock data. It's purpose is to monitor
all the symbol names and their corresponding company names, along with
the exchange each one belongs to. This information is used by the File
Entry Panel so that they can be listed according to the exchange they
belong to (NYSE, AMEX, LSE, etc.).
Each time you update your CSI stock database through UA (either through
the main program, or their EZDownloader), there will generally always
be a few stock symbols that have changed (e.g., additions, renaming or
delistings). These changes will need to be reflected in Insider TA's
CSI Symbol Index table.
|Important: Updating the CSI Symbol Index table
does not update your CSI database. You will still need to
update your stocks with UA.
Configuring when to update the CSI Symbol Index Table:
In Insider TA's main menu bar, pull down "File" and then select "Configure
CSI Index Table update mode". You can also access this option through the
File Entry Panel wizard menu.
As shown above, there are three configuration options. You could let
Insider TA rebuild the symbol index table whenever it deems necessary,
but the process does take additional time (perhaps up to a couple of
minutes, depending on the scope of your CSI's data subscription and your
computer speed). So you can also configure Insider TA to prompt you before
updating (allowing you to skip the action), or disable auto-updating
altogether. In this latter case, it will be up to you to manually update
the CSI Symbol Index table by clicking the button titled "Update CSI
Index Table now".
Unfair Advantage (UA) must run concurrently:
Access to CSI's database requires that UA be running concurrently. Insider
TA will automatically start up UA, and then minimize it for you. When
Insider TA is shut down, it will then automatically shut down UA.
Disabling CSI access:
If for any reason you want Insider TA to ignore the CSI database, then
you can click the "Ignore CSI" checkbox in the "Data Loading" section
in the Configuration Options Panel. When ignoring CSI, Insider
TA will not start Unfair Advantage. So when would you ever want to set
this "ignore" feature? If you're a Pro user, then never!
CSI is an excellent resource for clean stock data around the world! But
for Standard or Demo users, CSI data loading is disabled anyway. So
starting up UA is not necessary.