Our data survey poll has closed with results that were a little surprising. The top three items account for 91% of the poll results. The poll was asking what off-line data type traders use. The top vote getting was the Metastock format data. The second highest vote getter was ASCII text files. The third highest vote getter was write in votes for eSignal which was not in the survey because this was for off-line data types. It is apparent from the survey and also by my conversations with traders that the most widely used data formats are Metastock and text files. Most data services have moved to an OLE link which does not allow you to access the files directly on your hard drive. The trend now is to move to server based or cloud based data where the data is never on the trader’s hard drive. The newest versions of Worden Brothers programs are all server based data delivery systems along with all the realtime data services. In the near future we will be posting a poll asking what companies are your favorite off-line data services. If you have a clear favorite please send us an email with the name and we will include those services in the poll.