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  1. 4 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    The volatility stop and reversal is a similar but simpler alternative. The PSAR tightens the stop percentage over time whereas the VStop does not. Neither ever backs down; they only flip from long to short mode.

  2. 6 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    I don't understand. The portfolio graph shows the account value (cash and positions) compared to the starting position (all cash). If you would like to see the graph in two colors showing the proportion of the total value that is cash, then I agree that this could be helpful.

  3. 15 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    There is a suggestion elsewhere to add ARRs to each entry in a portfolio and having it for the portfolio as a whole is a logical follow through. The compound RoR is just a more complicated calculation than the Annual RoR. These votes should be added to the other idea.

  4. 39 votes

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    Howard Beckett supported this idea  · 
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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    VectorVest has invested a lot in automating the portfolio with the Genius but they have missed the most essential point. Portfolios track the purchase history of stocks bought and sold at different times. The ONLY effective way to do that is with an evaluation of the stock's performance over a defined period of time. The simplest and most effective way to do that is to compute the ARR's of the many stocks in a portfolio and compare them. If it can be done in QuickTest, it can be done in the portfolio manager.

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Having two stocks with ROIs of 10% sounds like they're equal. But having held one for 10 months and the other for 10 days shows they are very different. A column in each portfolio that shows the Annualized Rate of Return (ARR) would allow you to spot these differences quickly and act when necessary. I'd also like to see a total row where daily gain/loss, etc. were shown

  5. 20 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Adding a "comments" column to the Portfolio Layout and allowing users to add up to 80 characters of comment per portfolio entry would do much the same and it would allow you to have stocks bought under different strategies to co-exist in one portfolio. This is much like the idea of separate stops for individual stocks in a portfolio. The comment field could also help as a place to add other notes such as "Add 100 shares on a pullback to $78."

  6. 2 votes

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  7. 3 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Try "Quickfolio" available on the "right-click" menu. It was designed for this.

  8. 46 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    I agree that multiple layouts are needed for Viewers, Unisearch, and Portfolios. VectorVest US had "portfolio view and Watchlist View in the old Back-test tool so the approach has been successfully tried before at VV.

    Some people maintain aggressive portfolios alongside prudent, income-oriented ones and want different layouts in Viewers or Uni-Search when seeking replacement stocks. You can add a lot of columns to your layout in Portfolios but when you do they end up out of sight to the right and you have to scroll over to see them. Sometimes you want data from the left side and right side at the same time. Right now, the work=around I sptthe portfolio out to a .CSV file and hide columns you don't want. Not exactly user-friendly.

  9. 32 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Freestockcharts.com has a similar function called "Volatility Stop" or "Vstop" that uses a configurable "look-back" and multiplier that it applies to the stock's ATR during the look-back period. It then ratchets the calculated stop so that a "Buy" stop can never move lower when the stock's price declines. When the stock's price goes below the "Buy" stop, it flips and becomes a "Sell" stop above the current price. Sell stops can only ratchet downward as the stock's price falls. If the price rises above this stop it again "flips", becoming a "Buy" stop again. This produces a binary, Buy or Sell, recommendation rather than VV's Buy-Hold-Sell standard. Less ambiguity and the ability to configure the look-back and multiplier to suit your own sensitivity to change or risk makes it a very handy indicator. The stop doesn't tighten over time as the PSAR appears to do but it does establish a stop-and reverse recommendation pattern.

  10. 47 votes

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    started  ·  Timothy McGrath responded

    Portfolio Groups is a feature we are currently working on for a future update that will greatly improve the Portfolios in VectorVest 7.

    We don’t have a date yet, but I’ll let you know when the update is ready to be released!

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Folders in Backtester and in Portfolios should be a no-brainer. In Portfolios, they have grouped the VV model portfolios so that you can hide them with one click of a check box. A recent up grade allowed you to pick the page (Home, Viewers, Unisearch, Portfolios, etc. However, they stopped short on this idea. They should have allowed the user to set a default WITHIN most pages. For example, I may want to start in Viewers, Sector Viewer rather than in Viewers staring at a blank screen. The same is true in Portfolios. I may want to start by looking at "My Active Portfolio" rather than a blank screen.

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    To have the ability to create portfolio groups would be a big advance. VV-US had groups. You used to see the group called "Model Portfolios" and the VV managed portfolios were there, including many of the classic models like "Yellow Brick Road". Folders such as are provided in UNiSearch would allow us to create a manually managed portfolio set with duplicate portfolios in another group called "Automated- aggressive" and another group called "Automated -conservative". This would help teach investors whether their manual controls are effective.

  11. 149 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    Folders in Backtester and in Portfolios should be a no-brainer. In Portfolios, they have grouped the VV model portfolios so that you can hide them with one click of a check box. A recent up grade allowed you to pick the page (Home, Viewers, Unisearch, Portfolios, etc. However, they stopped short on this idea. They should have allowed the user to set a default WITHIN most pages. For example, I may want to start in Viewers, Sector Viewer rather than in Viewers staring at a blank screen. The same is true in Portfolios. I may want to start by looking at "My Active Portfolio" rather than a blank screen.

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  12. 380 votes

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    planned  ·  26 comments  ·  VectorVest 7 » New Tools  ·  Admin →
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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    I think thi suggestion ha been mis-classified as a "watch-Dog" issue. This suggestion addresses market conditions whereas Watch-Dog tracks and reports on technical issues for stocks only.

  13. 36 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    An "Add to Portfolio" entry in the "right Click" menu would definitely be nice. However, it IS more complicated than "add to watchlist". VV would basically have to take you to a pick the portfolio list and then to the "add a trade" dialog box in "Portfolio Manager" where you would need to enter whether you are long or short, quantity to buy/sell date, price, commision, etc. VV would have to do a lot of programming to save the user 8-9 clicks/keystrokes.

  14. 165 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    I asked support if they would simply maintain a watchlist of underlying stocks that have weekly options and they said there was no interest in that and that I should google "weeklies" and that some web site would tell me which stocks had weekly options. So far I haven't found that site but I did find one that had a list of ETFs that trade weeklies.

  15. 159 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    The biggest failing of VV Real time for day traders is the lack of a signal poiting to where excessive buying is going on. What Vv-RT needs is a virtual intra-day average volume. They report actual volume as it occurs but you have nothing to compare it to. If, every 10 minutes, they would add 1/39th of each stock's 50 day Ave. Volume (there are 39 ten minute intervals in the normal trading day), you could compare current intraday actual volume to a meaningful baseline and spot "boomers" as they start to run.

  16. 10 votes

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    My brokerage account has 50% and 100% linear regression bands and I find them very helpfulfor identifying breakout conditions.

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    Howard Beckett commented  · 

    This is covered in another IR. They called it setting stops by individual stocks.