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Market Data Playback

Market replay is a great way to learn about trading without risking your money. This feature is especially important for discretionary traders who use price patterns and other methods, which are difficult to incorporate into trading models and strategy trading. For technical information on this feature look at the related Wiki page.

Recreate real-time trading like nobody else can

We are confident that our trading software has the best market playback in the industry. In addition to all features that other charting software offers, MultiCharts allows tick-by-tick replay. In essence, this recreates a complete real-time market picture. Our goal was to create a simulation that resembles real-time trading as closely as possible. If you are playing back minute data, other trading software simply draws minute bar after minute bar, while losing the information about how it was created. MultiCharts constructs each minute bar out of ticks to reflect actual price movements within each minute. MultiCharts can also recalculate your chart indicators on each tick, keeping you synchronized with the real market situation. As a result, you will not lose out on opportunities that exist within bars, so you can make realistic decisions as if you traveled to the past.


Multiple playback speeds

Market data replay can playback historical data at any speed. You have complete control over how quickly market changes are displayed. You can change the playback speed according to how fast you want to replay. Following update speeds are available from slowest to fastest: 1 update per 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 second, and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 50, 100, 1000, or 10000 updates per second.

Different playback resolutions

Since you can have different charts (i.e. 5 tick, 13 minute, or 5 day), each bar on the chart represents a different amount of data. You can playback the market "as is", which means one update equals one bar on your chart. You can also choose “Tick by Tick”, "Minute by Minute" or "Day by Day" as alternative playback options. If the playback resolution is lower than the resolution of the data series on the chart, additional detailed data will be downloaded from the data source. In this case status line indicates “Waiting for Detailed Data”.

Jump back and forth instantly

You can jump any number of ticks backward and forward on your intraday charts. For example, you might be playing back the S&P 500 and witnessing a slow market. You could easily skip forward until you see activity, instead of wasting your time waiting.

Replay different studies on several symbols together

Global Mode gives you the ability to playback an instrument in several places at once. For example, you might want to watch the Market Scanner and each of the charts where you're following Google. Starting point, base resolution, and playback speed will be the same in all the windows that you are playing back.


Global Mode

Imagine that you have Google plotted in several charts, but each window has different technical indicators and strategies. With Global Mode you can replay all the charts at the same time and see how different studies are performing.

Playback entire markets

You can combine Scanner windows and Playback to practice filtering through many updates and finding opportunities. You should use the 64-bit version of MultiCharts because of the huge amounts of data involved.

Data playback in Market Scanner

Since indicators can be easily applied in the Scanner windows, traders often group their symbols into groups and filter according to criteria presented by indicators they insert. Once an opportunity presents itself, it's easy to open a chart through a right-click and look more closely at the action, or place an order. Data replay in the Scanner can help practice catching those moments of opportunity when certain symbols are prime for trading.

Play several symbols at once

Ability to playback charts with multiple data series is very important. All symbols will be precisely synchronized according to time, so you get an exact picture of how data arrived throughout the day. Let’s say you have several symbols, even from different data providers, all on the same chart. You want to see how their price movements correlate to each other. This opens up new possibilities of analysis, new insight.