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Global Properties Common Tasks

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Below are a few common tasks within Global Properties.

  • Changing or Removing an Event Sound
  • Managing Counterparty Members
  • Counterparty Members Dialog Box
  • Managing TradeSounds Properties
  • Starting Plug-ins

Changing or Removing an Event Sound

To change or remove a sound from an event:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Sounds tab.
  3. Under the Events column, double-click the event from which you want to remove a sound.

    The Associated Sounds column is editable.

  4. Press the Delete key.
  5. Click Apply.

    The event sound is removed from the event.

  1. Click OK to exit.

Managing Counterparty Members

Some exchanges send codes in the price feed that identify the broker associated with a trade. This broker (i.e.,counterparty) information displays in the Bid Mbr and Ask Mbr columns within the Market Grid and Time and Sales window. Counterparty information has the following uses:

  • You can view which brokers are active in a specific market.
  • Desk traders can see if any orders have been submitted for opposing sides (buy and sell) from their own firm. If this occurs, desk traders may delete those orders and submit them as cross orders.
  • Market participants can access their daily summaries of trades per brokerage house for specific contracts.

You can configure how counterparty information displays in X_TRADER from the Counterparty Members dialog box within Properties to help you quickly identify certain brokers.

Note: Customized changes are saved on your local workstation in the CounterpartyMembers.dat file located in the <root drive>:ttdatfilesTTCONFIG folder.

To assign local counterparty settings:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Orders tab.
  3. Click the Counterparty Members button. The Counterparty Members dialog box appears.
  4. Click to select the counterparty member(s).

    Note: To select multiple members, press and hold the CTRL key and continue clicking rows.

  5. Enter an Alias that will display when the counterparty member is part of a trade.
  6. Click to select the Text Color checkbox or Background Color checkbox.
  7. Click the color bar. The color menu appears.

  8. Click an existing color from the color palette. -or- Click Other. The Color dialog box appears. Use the palette to select the custom color you want to use.

  9. Click OK.

To remove local settings:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Orders tab.
  3. Click the Counterparty Members button. The Counterparty Members dialog box appears.
  4. Do one of the following:
    • To remove all local changes, click Remove All Local Changes.
    • To remove local changes for individual Counterparty Members, click to select them. Click Remove Selected Local Changes.

      Note: To select multiple members, press and hold the CTRL key and continue clicking rows.

To add a counterparty member ID:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Settings menu and choose Properties.
  2. Click the Orders tab.
  3. Click the Counterparty Members button. The Counterparty Members dialog box appears.
  4. Enter the numeric counterparty member id (e.g., 123456) in the bottom-left text box and click Add ID.

Counterparty Members Dialog Box Fields

Use the Counterparty Members dialog box to configure how counterparty members display. The counterparty Name and ID are initially populated using information supplied by TT User Setup. You have the option to provide an Alias for the counterparty member as well as change the text and background color to help you identify counterparty members easier. If needed, you can also add a counterparty member ID prior to it being published by the TT User Setup Administrator.

The Counterparty Members dialog box includes:

1. Counterparty Member List

 

ColumnDescription

ID

Assigned by the Exchange and provided by TT User Setup.

This will display in the BidMbr and AskMbr fields if the Name is not provided.

Name

Assigned by the Exchange and provided by TT User Setup.

This will display in the BidMbr and AskMbr field if an Alias is not provided.

Alias

Assigned locally and can have a maximum of 50 ASCII characters, including special characters.

2. Display Color and Alias

 

FieldDescription

Can have a maximum of 50 ASCII characters, including special characters.

If provided, the Alias will display in the BidMbr and AskMbr fields for the counterparty member.

Sets the text color of the counterparty member in the BidMbr and AskMbr fields.

Sets the background color of the counterparty member in the BidMbr and AskMbr fields.

3. Remove Local Changes

 

ButtonDescription

Removes local changes for the selected counterparty members.

 

Removes local changes for all counterparty members.

4. Add ID

 

ButtonDescription

Adds a new ID to the Counterparty Member List prior to it being published by the TT User Setup Administrator.

Managing TradeSounds

TradeSounds beep when trade updates come from an exchange.

Besides being exclusive to MD Trader, TradeSounds are different than the properties on the Sounds tab in two ways:

  • TradeSounds are simple two-toned beeps. The properties on the Sounds tab point to sound files housed on your local hard drive or network.
  • TradeSounds are completely configurable via the TradeSounds Properties button at the bottom of the MD Trading tab.

 

ColumnDescriptionDetails
EnablePlays a beep after a trade is made at the adjacent trade quantity level when TradeSounds are enabled.Enable TradeSounds via the MD Trader context menu.
ColumnDescriptionDetails
Trade Quantity

Sets the range a traded quantity must fall between to signal the TradeSound.

You can customize up to five levels of sounds for both Buys and Sells.

Range: 0-9999 trade quantity

Note: The subsequent Trade Quantity changes based on the setting of the previous one.

ColumnDescriptionDetails
Starting Pitch and Duration

Sets the high or low tone and length of the first beep.

To disable the first beep, make the Pitch and Duration zero (0).

Pitch Range: 0-9999Hz

Duration Range: 1-9999ms

(9999 ms is about 10 seconds)

Note: If the Pitch for either the Starting or Ending column is 0, the Duration for that column must also be 0.

Ending Pitch and Duration

Sets the high or low tone and length of the second beep.

To disable the second beep, make the Pitch and Duration zero (0).

ColumnDescriptionDetails
RepeatHow many times the beep repeats.Range: 1-5 repetitions
ColumnDescriptionDetails
PlayClick to hear the two-tone beep as currently configured. 

Hearing TradeSounds

Follow these procedures in order to hear TradeSounds in MD Trader:

To set TradeSounds:

  1. Navigate to the MD Trading tab.
  2. At the bottom of the page, click the TradeSounds Properties button.

The TradeSounds Properties dialog box appears.

  1. Under Trade Quantity column, set the range at which you want the first level TradeSound to alert you.

Note: You can set up to five levels of TradeSounds for both Buys and Sells.

  1. Click the Play button to hear the default sound.
  2. If you want to change the quality or length of the two-tone beeps, change the Starting and Ending Pitch and Duration numbers as you desire.

Note: To disable either the start or end beep, make the Pitch and Duration zero (0).

  1. Click the Play button to hear the beep as you change it.
  2. If you want the beep to play more than once, under the Repeat column, indicate how many times you want the beep to play when a trade occurs.

Note: You can repeat a sound up to 5 times.

  1. Repeat Steps 3-7 for each of the five levels of Buys and five levels of Sells you want to set.
  2. When you are finished setting TradeSounds, click OK.

To enable TradeSounds:

  1. Right-click MD Trader to access the context menu.
  2. Click to select TradeSounds.

Starting Plug-ins

You can start and stop all installed X_TRADER and X_TRADER Pro plug-in applications from the Control Panel. Proper licensing must be in place in order to access each plug-in. Once started from X_TRADER, plug-ins perform normally. For instructions on using them, see the online help provided with each plug-in. When X_TRADER closes, all plug-ins started through X_TRADER also close.

Note: When starting a plug-in the following indicates if you have proper licensing to the plug-in.

  • If the text is green, you have the proper licensing and access to the plug-in.
  • If the text is red, you do not have the proper licensing or access to the plug-in.

You can start plug-ins in two different ways:

To manually start a plug-in:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Window menu and choose Plug-ins.

    - or -

    From the Control Panel, click the icon.

    The Plug-Ins dialog box appears, displaying all your installed X_TRADER plug-ins.

  2. Click the plug-in name you want to start.

    The plug-in starts.

  3. Repeat step 2 to start another plug-in or another instance of the same plug-in.

To set plug-ins to start automatically:

  1. From the Control Panel, click the Window menu and choose Plug-ins

    - or -

    From the Control Panel, click the icon.

    The Plug-ins dialog box appears, displaying all your installed X_TRADER plug-ins.

  2. Click to select the checkbox next to each of the plug-in icons you want to start automatically.
  3. Click OK.

    The next time you start X_TRADER, the selected plug-ins automatically start.