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Insight Trader Software

Powerful yet easy-to-use Technical Analysis tools to assist your investment decisions.Insight Trader Software

Insight Trader (or IT for short) is state-of-the-art Technical Analysis software designed for ease of use and speed of analysis and specifically for the Australian Stockmarket and Futures Markets and we can also provide databases for all individual stocks on 11 overseas stockmarkets.
Insight Trader is Vista/Win 7/Win 8 compatible.

Insight Trader Software DemoFor beginners and advanced analysts alike you can analyse important trends and emerging opportunities in both local and overseas markets.
Examine some sample charts as they would be produced on your printer in black and white to see the various chart types available. You can also print in colour on a colour printer.

The Special Edition Version of this package with simplified charting is $495.

Consider these Features:
  • Daily, weekly and monthly charts.
  • Both Technical AND Fundamental Analysis - Earnings, dividends, net tangible assets, franking, market capitalisation Debt to Equity etc
  • Both an adjusted AND an unadjusted database, Adjusted for charting and unadjusted so you know at what price any security actually traded - essential for the Portfolio Manager
  • 8 different chart types - line, scatter, bar, candlestick, equicandle, point&figure, equivolume, Gann swing charts
  • Technical Analysis, Fundamental Analysis, Sector Analysis, Relative Strength Analysis, Top Down Analysis
  • The proprietary indicators of Velocity and Behaviour are global throughout the program and are instantly available to assist you to identify those stocks that are financially strong, well behaved and rising strongly in price
  • Your own purchases and sales are automatically flagged on bar and candle charts at the exact time and price of purchase and you are also shown on the chart how much you own, the capital profit you are carrying and the extra shares of this security that you can buy consistent with the safety limits set in your Risk Calculator
  • Analyse the market via the GICS industry subsectors
  • 5 or 7 day calendar axes for Gann analysis
  • Linear / logarithmic scales
  • Reversals, key reversals, HLC and LHC events, Pivot Points
  • Exceptional Point and Figure charting tools including auto box sizing, last price indication, relative strength and rebased relative strength.
  • An extensive library of important indicators. Stack up to 9 indicators under main price chart.
  • Download free snapshots to update your charts and portfolios at as many times as you require during the trading day
  • Ability to save up to 100 000 living chart arrangements under 10 separate categories.
  • Each chart arrangement can consist of up to 506 individual charts displayed on the screen simultaneously.
  • An internal database of all the companies on the Australian Stock Exchange, their GICS ASX subsector and their main activities.
  • Ability to manipulate your database according to GICS ASX subsectors.
  • Highlighter to flag exceptionally performing stocks.
  • Stop loss alarms both fixed and trailing as well as a soft stop.
  • Chart templates.
  • Overlayed charts.
  • Wide range of drawing tools - trendlines, Fibonacci and Gann retracements, fans, time and price projections, cycles, astronomical events.
  • Ability to autorun a template chart arrangement on all stocks in any or all ASX subsectors as a slideshow.
  • Create a chart arrangement of all stocks on a highlight or reference list at the click of a mouse
  • Fast access to commands using speedkey, toolbar buttons or menus.
  • Rebased charts.
  • Relative strength charts.
  • Printing of up to 12 or more charts per page.
  • Update data via internet or manually.
  • Zooming and paging of charts.
  • Free 25 year historical database.
  • Directly reads and charts from Insight Trader, Metastock, BodhiOne and Quotes Plus data formats
  • Support for overseas stockmarkets, commodity, currency and futures markets
  • Optional Portfolio Manager to keep track of the transactions and current and past values of all your portfolios and to print reports for your tax accountant.
  • Optional Systems Tester to filter your database or run profitability tests according to both technical and fundamental criteria.
  • Optional Database Manager service, updated via the web , providing automatic housekeeping of your ASX database including adjustments (going back 24 years) for splits, issues reconstructions, premium and capital returns, name changes updating of fundamental information - main activity, earnings per share, dividends per share, net asset backing, shares on issue, market cap, debt to equity, money flow and franking and GICS sector management. Also alerts you to forthcoming dividends.
  • Keep your software updated via the web to include the latest changes.
  • Suitable for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/Win7/Win8

Sample Charts from Insight Trader

Bar Chart

Candlestick Chart

Line Chart

Point & Figure Chart

Swing Chart

Equivolume Chart

Equicandle Chart

Scatter Chart

Bar chart of CAJ with Bollinger Bands

Why Insight Trader

We are often asked what sets Insight Trader so far apart from all other charting software packages available. To answer these questions we have compiled the following:

Australian Made & Support for Overseas Markets

Insight Trader is developed and supported entirely within Australia and has been specifically customised to facilitate very fast and efficient analysis of Australian markets although we can also access databases for all stocks on almost any overseas stockmarket. Insight Trader has been commercially available for over 24 years and has been continuously and rapidly enhanced during that period.


Support can be obtained on business days between 9am and 5pm by phone or email. You do not need to ring the USA or wait for several days for an overloaded help desk to ring you back or possibly not ring you back at all. Also, User Groups that help you get the most out of your software have been operating in some major capital cities for up to 20 years.

Both Technical and Fundamental Analysis

Get the best of both worlds. Some people are pure fundamentalists while others swear that only technical analysis should be used. We believe that each school of thought has a lot to offer and so we give you tools to combine the best of both technical and fundamental analysis.

The Best Adjusted Historical Database

To be able to sensibly use technical analysis all stockmarket data must be properly adjusted for issues, splits, reconstructions, capital returns and name changes. The Insight Trader Database Manager can also supplies the fundamental information of earnings, dividends, net asset backing, shares on issue, market cap, debt to equity, money flow and franking.

Maintains both an adjusted and Unadjusted Database

Insight Trader maintains both an adjusted and an unadjusted file for every security that is subject to reconstructions/issues etc. The adjusted file is used for charting, analysis and systems testing. The unadjusted file allows for portfolio valuation at any time in the past. You never lose the original price and volume information, allowing easy correction of any previously made adjustments.

Keep your Insight Trader Software itself Continually Updated via the Web

A simple menu click keeps your software continuously updated via the web for the latest changes.

Analyse your ASX Database according to GICS Industry Subsectors

To allow rapid analysis of the Australian sharemarket Insight Trader maintains an internal database of all the companies in each individual GICS subsector of the ASX. This allows you to confine your attention to specific interest sectors of the market - a process that will greatly enhance the efficiency of your analysis.

Identify those Stocks that are Financially Sound, Well Behaved and Rising Strongly in Price

Our proprietary indicators of Velocity and Behaviour are global throughout the program and are instantly available to assist you to identify those stocks that are financially sound, well behaved and rising strongly in price.

See your own Purchases and Sales flagged on your charts

Your own purchases and sales as recorded in the Portfolio Manager can be automatically flagged on bar and candle charts at the exact time and price of purchase and you are also shown on the chart how much of that stock you own, the capital profit you are carrying and the extra shares you can buy consistent with the safety limits you have set in your Risk Calculator.

See a chart of Every Company on the ASX in under 1 Hours

The autorun facility allows you to set the software to automatically bring up a chart of every company on the ASX for your perusal - each for a preset time interval. You can press a key to add any chart you like to a short list for later more detailed investigation. In fact this shortlist itself can be autorun at a later time. With a little practice you can examine a chart of every company on the board in under 1.5 hours. To achieve the same with other packages may take several days.

Portfolio Manager

Insight Trader is not just a technical and fundamental analysis package. It also allows you to keep track of your purchases, sales, dividends and to value your portfolios at any time in the past or present and to chart their value daily along with 17 other key performance indicators. Because Insight Trader maintains an adjusted database and also an unadjusted database of original price and volume information that portfolio valuation for any date in the past is possible. The Portfolio Manager in Insight Trader is so comprehensive it can be used as a standalone package in its own right. We suggest that you use it as the control centre for all your investing. Continuously monitor the performance of your portfolio against both index based and also absolute benchmarks. Display important portfolio information automatically on your charts such as flagging your buys and sells and the value of any holdings, profit and how many additional shares you can purchase within the risk criteria you have set.

System Tester

The system tester allows you to search your database for securities satisfying criteria that you have specified. These criteria can be either technical or fundamental or a combination of both. You can also use the System Tester to assess the profitability of systems consisting of sets of buy/sell criteria by running such systems over historical data for any specific security.

Specialised Point and Figure Charting

Experts maintain that it is only Insight Trader that constructs Point and Figure charts properly. Moreover, exclusive Point and Figure features include automatic box sizing and last price indication. Apart from the standard method of calculating Point and Figure on high/low for a given period Insight Trader can draw the charts on the basis of Close , Relative Strength Close, Rebased Close, Rebased Relative Strength Close, High, Low or Open.

Other chart types that can be selected are line charts, scatter diagrams, bar charts, candlesticks, equivolume, equicandle, and Gann swing charts.

Wide Range of Powerful Analyses

You can undertake Technical Analysis , Fundamental Analysis, Sector Analysis, Relative Strength Analysis, or Top Down Analysis to help improve your market performance.

Up to 500 Active Charts Displayed Simultaneously on Screen

You can display up to 500 active charts simultaneously on the screen. This allows you to view all the charts in your portfolio at the one time, or to display all the sub indices of the ASX, or all compaies in one or more sectors simultaneously on the one screen. The charts can then be rapidly and individually maximised in sequence to allow detailed full screen viewing of each in turn.
You can use a reference list of security codes to automatically fill the screen with tiled charts of all companies on the list up to the maximum of 500 charts simultaneously on the screen.

Why Settle for Less when You can have the Best!