Each month in this Journal, our technical support staff
addresses issues of interest to many CSI subscribers in a question-and-answer
format. This month, they present questions about Unfair Advantage(UA), focusing
primarily on premium services.
The views and
information expressed in this document reflect the opinions and experience of
the author Robert C. Pelletier. Neither CSI nor the author undertake or
intend to provide tax advice or trading advice in any market or endorse any
outside individual or firm. All recommendations are provided for their
informational value only. Readers should consult competent financial
advisors or outside counsel before making any software purchase or investment
decision. CSI does not stand behind or endorse the products of any
Copyright (c) 1998 Commodity Systems Inc.
(CSI). All rights are reserved.
Information from CSI's Customer
Questions and Answers
I received a new UA CD in the mail, but have not installed
it. Is this necessary?
We strongly recommend that anyone receiving a replacement CD from
CSI install the new version at your earliest convenience. Great
reliability and stability are now being reported from the mass mailing of new
CD-ROMs of UA version 1.71.5 that were sent to UA subscribers over the past
month. This release is our best effort yet. Improvements have been
made to the database design, the computed contract facility, and the error
correction machinery. Numerous bug fixes and conveniences have been
installed making UA a very high quality commercial product.
I am interested in developing a custom trading system with Unfair
Advantage. Do you offer programs or documentation that might help with this
Yes. Unfair Advantage is available in an API/Developer
Support version, which includes a sophisticated Application Programmers
Interface (API). The documentation for this version is on-line, allowing
us to keep it updated whenever changes are made. This version includes
the full history and is available by annual subscription at regular rates. We
originally contemplated this as a premium service, but have decided not to
impose extra charges at this time. Please see CSI's Web Site (www.csidata.com )
or call for details
My UA portfolio contains a wide range of commodities from around
the world, including both normal and computed contracts. With all these
contracts, the daily building of my portfolio can be quite time
consuming. Is there a faster way?
Not just yet, but within the next few weeks, we will release a UA
version that appends (instead of rebuilds) many of the contracts in your
portfolio. Our alpha testing is producing lightning-fast portfolio
maintenance. We are eager to pass this enhancement on to you.
When our upcoming version 1.72 is installed on your computer, your normal
daily files can be instantly appended. While file appending is the typical
methodology in the industry, UA offers several features which others can not
provide, and for which appending is not possible. Therefore, some files will
still be rebuilt on a daily basis. These include: Weekly and monthly
files, as they cannot be accurately maintained through appending; Computed data
series, when they roll or when the source data receives corrections; Certain
ASCII files which lack the necessary date field in the first column; and any
file in a format other than CSI, MetaStock or ASCII.
I am opening a business and would like to use UA to service my
clients. Does the UA license agreement allow for this?
That depends on what you mean by "service." In most cases,
business use is not permitted. As a non-corporate customer, you may not,
for example, use CSI data to feed a web site where your clients get daily
quotes, historical data or charts. Nor may you use the data on a network
computer where multiple people have access to the figures. Non-corporate
customers are limited to personal use or business use that does not involve
redistribution. An allowable business application involves individual
brokers and analysts using their own licensed copies of the software to develop
recommendations. These may be passed on to their clients, so long as the broker
does not redistribute the actual data.
Use of UA for purposes other than personal, private, single-CPU applications is
permitted at premium rates. These rates are based on the scope of use, and are
available upon request. For more information, please contact our marketing
Where can I read previous issues of the CSI Technical Journal?
We are building an archive of Technical Journal issues on our new
web site for viewing on-line. You can expect both new and older issues to be
added on a regular basis. Printed back copies are available from CSI for $5.00
To Australian, New Zealand, South African, South American and
other Southern Hemisphere Users:
As the Northern Hemisphere approaches the fall season of the year,
we will be setting our clocks back an hour to preserve an extra hour of
daylight. Coincidentally, you in the Southern Hemisphere will move your clocks
forward an hour to accomplish the reverse. Data posting times will appear to be
two hours later to you, simply because our respective governments toyed with
our clocks. When you re-set your clocks, please begin calling for your data two
hours later to continue to enjoy the same level of service. In six months, you
can revert to the previous collection time.