Faster MasterDATAlink Version 2.13 Released

A new, significantly faster version of MasterDATAlink is now available for download. Version 2.13 downloads and/or updates depending on what it determines is the current state of the composite / breadth datafile it finds on your computer. If the historical data is accurate within five days of the current trade session, that file is simply updated. If the historical datafile is inaccurate in any way or is out of date by more than five days, the entire datafile is downloaded from the web site.

In other words, if you update once in the morning, your updates will be exceptionally fast for the remainder of the day. If you go on a two week vacation (and don’t have you computer set up to automatically download your datafiles), the first time you run MasterDATAlink will take much longer (but still pretty fast all things considered).

To download MasterDATAlink Version 2.13, MasterDATA Composite Plug-in users should go to the following URL:

and click on “Download and Update”

To download MasterDATAlink Version 2.13, MasterDATACSV users should go to the following URL:

and click on “Download and Install Update”

Neither update will overwrite you current configuration files.

By the way, I mentioned automatically updating your composite / breadth datafiles. This feature is very easy to set up and is described at the following locations:

MasterDATA Composite Plug-in


Please, if you have any comments or questions, please go to the bottom of this post and click on “1 Comment”. The number “1” will change if there are additional comments.

One final note. We lost one of our primary computers over the weekend and just got it completely up and running this morning (3-4-08). If you sent us an email in the last few days and received no response, there is a good chance it got lost during the disruption. We do maintain very rigorous and redundant backup routines, so overall, we only lost a day or so of work. First time we have ever needed them though. May our lost CPU R.I.P.

Thank you all for your support and good trading.

MasterDATA’s Index / ETF Compilation List Revised To Reflect Top 111 Trade Volume ETFs

Our Index / ETF Compilation List is adjusted to, once again, reflect the top 111 trade volume ETFs. Subject to our inclusion criteria, this list is revised monthly to continually contain the most highly traded, liquid US listed Exchange Traded Funds.

ETFs falling out of the top 111 top trade volume ETFs for two consecutive months are deleted. This means that an ETF on MasterDATA’s Compilation List will remain on the list for a minimum of two months. This also means that our compilation list will number in excess of 111 ETFs on a continual basis.

New ETF Additions:
These new additions ranked in the top 111 trade volume ETFs at month end February, 2008.
iShares DJ Health Care Providers Index Fund (IHF)
iShares DJ Oil & Gas Exploration & Production Index Fund (IEO)
iShares Dow Jones U.S. Consumer Services Sector Index Fund (IYC)
ProShares Ultra MidCap400 (MVV)
Objective: to achieve twice the performance of the S&P MidCap 400 Index ($MID)
ProShares Ultra Real Estate (URE)
Objective: to achieve twice the performance of the Dow Jones Real Estate Index ($DJUSRE)

Potential Cut List:
The ETFs listed below previously ranked in the top 111 trade volume ETFs. Two consecutive months out of a top 111 ranking will result in the ETF being deleted from MasterDATA’s Compilation List. Charts, reports and datafiles continue to be generated for these ETFs.
HOLDRS Software (SWH)
iShares Goldman Sachs Natural Resources Index Fund (IGE)
PowerShares Aerospace & Defense Portfolio (PPA)
PowerShares FTSE RAFI US 1000 Portfolio (PRF)
ProShares Short QQQ (PSQ)
Short Russell2000 ProShares (RWM)
SPDR Semiconductor (XSD)
Vanguard Small-Cap Growth VIPERs (VBK)

Deleted ETFs:
The deleted ETFs below experienced trade volume less than the top 111 ETFs for two consecutive months.
iShares Goldman Sachs Technology Index Fund (IGM)
iShares Russell 3000 Growth Index Fund (IWZ)
PowerShares High Yield Equity Dividend Achievers Portfolio (PEY)
PowerShares Value Line Timeliness Select Portfolio (PIV)