Symbol Dictionary for Futures

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The Symbol Dictionary in QuoteManager contains a list of futures symbol roots with pre-defined contract specifications and session times.

The user can use these pre-defined settings to add new symbols quickly without needing to manually complete each field.

For example, if the user wants to add the ES#F symbol from eSignal and the Symbol Dictionary has the ES symbol root defined, then QuoteManager will recognize the ES root symbol and automatically fill in the contract specifications.

The contract specifications are important because the specifications are used to plot the chart and calculate dollar amounts.

If the contract specifications are not correct, then the chart may not plot properly and the strategy may not function properly.

It is also possible to add new symbol roots into Symbol Dictionary and edit existing symbol roots. Symbol Dictionary contains symbol roots for most futures contracts. However, it is not possible for the list to be 100% complete, and contract specifications may change.

Adding a Symbol Root to Symbol Dictionary

  1. Open QuoteManager window
  2. Click Tools in the main menu and select Symbol Dictionary, or click the Symbol Dictionary QM Dictionary.png icon on the toolbar.
  3. Click the Add button. The New – Edit Root Settings window will appear.
  4. Complete the Settings and Sessions sections on the form.
  5. Click the OK button.

Editing a Symbol Root in Symbol Dictionary

  1. Open QuoteManager window
  2. Click Tools in the main menu and select Symbol Dictionary, or click the Symbol Dictionary QM Dictionary.png icon on the toolbar.
  3. Select the symbol root to edit. Click the Edit button. The Edit Root Settings window will appear.
  4. Edit the fields.
  5. Click the OK button.

Using the Symbol Root in Symbol Dictionary

  1. Open QuoteManager window
  2. Add a new symbol into QuoteManager. Make sure the new symbol's root is the same as the symbol root in Symbol Dictionary. See Adding Symbol(s) to Symbol List for more information.
  3. Open the Edit Symbol Window.
    Opening Edit Symbol Window:
    1. Double-click the symbol in the symbol list, or
    2. Select the symbol in the symbol list, then select Symbol in the main menu and select Edit Symbol, or
    3. Right-click on the symbol and select Edit Symbol.
      Note: Edit Symbol window is already open in Step 1. It is possible to leave it open and continue working with it.
  4. Select the Settings tab in the Edit Symbol window.
  5. In the Settings Source section, select the Use Symbol Dictionary Settings radio button to use the symbol root's contract specifications in Symbol Dictionary.
  6. Select the Sessions tab in the Edit Symbol window.
  7. In the Sessions Source section, select the Use Symbol Dictionary Sessions radio button to use the symbol root's sessions information in Symbol Dictionary.


Copying a Symbol Root in Symbol Dictionary

That is possible to clone an existing Symbol Root from one data provider's dictionary into the other one's.

  1. Open QuoteManager window.
  2. Click Tools in the main menu and select Symbol Dictionary, or click the Symbol Dictionary QM Dictionary.png icon on the toolbar.
  3. Select the data source you need.
  4. Highlight the symbol root you need by a single left click over it.
  5. Click the Copy to button. The data sources list will appear.
  6. Select the target data source you need. Edit root settings window will appear.
  7. Modify the Settings and Sessions sections on the form if required.
  8. Click the OK button.