Trade Bar allows navigating between the brokers and trading with a few clicks. It contains a series of tabs that shows all the brokers for which you have created broker profiles, this allows you to click on the appropriate broker tab and execute trades to that broker.
Trade Bar also shows you which broker connections are currently active by showing a green light next to broker name and which ones are offline by showing a red light. It is a very convenient tool for placing orders without plotting charts or using DOM windows.
The main advantage is that you can see all of the currently connected brokers and place orders through several brokers at the same time. For example, you may have one broker for Forex and another one for futures, and place orders on both without logging in or out.
How to Show/Hide Trade Bar
Trade Bar can be shown or hidden. Show/hideTrade Bar by one of the following methods:
- Select View In the main menu and enable/disable Show Trade Bar feature; or:
- Press Ctrl+Shift+T on the keyboard.
Alternatively you can click X on the Trade Bar to hide it.
Connecting / Disconnecting Broker Profile
To connect /disconnect the broker profile that you want to trade with, right-click the Broker Profile tab to see the shortcut menu and then click Connect / Disconnect.
To select the instrument you want to trade with:
- Type in the symbol name into the Instrument Selector field and press Enter; or:
- Click on the Lookup button to select the necessary symbol from your database.
Setting Order Quantity
Set order quantity by one of the following methods:
- Type in order quantity in Order Quantity box on Trade Bar; or:
- Click the Trading Calculator button .
Calculator automatically increments the current trade size setting by one, e.g. if you had 1 in order quantity field, calculator would automatically make it 2.
You can adjust the number of contracts by pressing +1, +2, +5 etc. buttons. Zero button resets the number of contracts to zero.
Buttons on the left side of the calculator contain 6 last values.
You may set this number of contracts by pressing those buttons. To apply the modifications click OK, to cancel the modifications click Cancel.
Price Level Selector
By default Price Level Selector shows an average price of bid and ask.
Click on the arrow at the right of Price Level Selector to see the range of prices. Three colored prices are: pink price at the top is ask, blue price at the bottom is bid, green price in the middle is an average price of bid and ask.
Scroll the list of prices up or down, using up and down arrows. To set the price for Limit, Stop or Stop-Limit order just click the price that you need.
Setting Time in Force
To set time in force of the order, use the Time in Force box on the Trade Bar.
- DAY – Good for one day
- GTC – Good ‘Til Cancelled
- GTD – Good To Date
- IOC – Immediate or Cancel Order
One-click order placing
Market, stop, limit and stop limit orders can be sent directly from Trade Bar. Choose the order type in the Order Type box
If the market type of order is selected then the market price is chosen by default.
If the limit/stop/stop limit type of order is selected then limit/ stop/ stop limit price box comes up where you can set stop and limit prices.
Select the price by one of the following methods:
- Enter the price manually in the Limit/Stop/Stop Limit Price box; or:
- Choose the price using the Price selector